In an unexpected move, Rep. George Santos, who is currently facing federal fraud charges, has publicly endorsed Guo Wengui, an exiled Chinese mogul accused of massive international fraud and spreading misinformation. The two share connections with Steve Bannon and the New York Young Republicans Club, which might explain why Santos chose to appear on a live stream produced by Guo’s devotees just days before his own indictment.
Guo, also known as Miles Guo, has a history of spreading conspiracy theories about the 2020 election and COVID-19. He’s been accused of using his base to raise investments for fraudulent ventures and then using the money for luxury purchases. Despite the serious allegations against him, Santos declared during the interview, “I will not stop until Miles Guo is free and given an opportunity to a trial.”
Santos’ newfound “mission” seems to be aimed at gaining support from Guo’s fanatical followers, who may be encouraged to claim that both Guo and Santos are being unfairly prosecuted. His proposed plan of action involves urging Guo’s supporters to descend on Congress en masse to demand his release. He also entertained the conspiracy theory that the FBI deliberately started a fire in Guo’s penthouse.
As young and politically engaged readers of The Young Turks, we cannot help but question Santos’ motives and connections, as well as his dedication to supporting someone with such controversial and potentially dangerous beliefs. This latest development in the world of politics only serves as a reminder to stay vigilant and hold our elected officials accountable for their actions and the company they keep.