George Santos has been expelled from Congress after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of removing the scandal-ridden New York Republican.
His expulsion comes weeks after the House Ethics Committee found he was spending campaign funds on luxury goods and subscriptions to adult content websites and months after he was indicted for fraud.
George Santos has been expelled from the US House of Representatives pic.twitter.com/iYpqJOFeTi
— Acyn (@Acyn) December 1, 2023
It seemed clear in the run-up to the vote that Santos was not going to survive, as several Republicans voiced that they wanted him out in addition to the vast majority of Democrats.
When it was obvious that the vote would not go in his favor, Santos reportedly left early, saying, "Why would I want to stay? To h--l with this place."
Santos was long-memed due to his propensity for telling outrageous lies about his past, and when it seemed consequences were headed his way, much of social media began ironically characterizing him as less of a villain and more a persecuted drama queen.
The tenor of the "farewell" posts on social media is tinged with schadenfreude and gags characterizing Santos as a maligned, camp diva, which even GQ got in on it.
Live footage of George Santos leaving the Capitol pic.twitter.com/Nbp5eJF8nr
— Michael ✨ (@michaelalvarez_) December 1, 2023
Santos became the sixth U.S. House of Representatives member in history to get expelled from Congress, and the first since the Civil War to be expelled without a criminal conviction.