Trixie Mattel Fights Drag Race Stan at the Twitter Coliseum

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Please, Elon, don’t let Twitter die under your (seemingly incompetent) watch. Because where else could we get content like Republican congressman and prolific liar George Santos taking on serial killer Lisa Frank and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 winner Trixie Mattel? In a recent Twitter spat, the anti-LGBT politician and Mattel went head-to-head, gladiator style (using snarky responses), and the winner was whoever could rack up the most likes, obviously. Santos tweeted his disapproval of the many late-night portrayals of him on Jan. 23, saying, “Now I’ve been enshrined in late-night TV history with all these impersonations, but so far they’re all TERRIBLE.” Mattel responded with a fair and measured review, offering that “maybe the source material was weak.”

Things took a surprising turn when Santos, a member of a specifically anti-drag party that has been denying reports that she was ever a drag queen in Brazil under the name “Kitara Ravache,” responded with a drag race reference. “Clearly you know all about weak acting chops,” said the real-life Mr. Ripley, along with a GIF of Mattel’s (admittedly appalling) performance as RuPaul in the all stars 3 Snatch game.

Later that night, Mattel responded in the clever bag of lies’ own words: “I’m not an actor! I was young and having fun at a festival!Santos mentioned Mattel again All the stars to run, saying, “It’s all good! I also won my race against the fan favorite.” This was a callback to both Santos’ victory over Robert Zimmerman in the 2022 New York congressional race and Mattel’s victory. about Shangela in All the stars 3, both examples of electoral politics dictating a tense race. Mattel has not responded, knowing so much about his career in drag race it’s clearly fan behavior.

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