Photo: Mostafa Bassim/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesSantos duped by Democratic senator to troll disgraced colleague Menendez
Fetterman paid Santos $200 for the video as a joke – but Santos didn't know that the “Bobby” he was recording the video for was Menendez.
Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman included a cameo video of disgraced Rep. George Santos in a “support” for also disgraced New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, with Santos advising Menendez to “stay strong” amid his legal troubles.
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In a rare example of bipartisan financial support, Fetterman paid Santos, a Republican, $200 for a personalized video as a joke. Santos didn't know that the “Bobby” he was recording the video for was Menendez.
Santos was expelled from the House of Representatives on Friday after a scathing ethics report detailing his abuse of campaign funds. Since then, he has been selling videos on Cameo, a website that allows users to buy short, personalized videos of celebrities.
On X, Fetterman said he wanted to give Menendez an “incentive” amid the “significant legal challenges” the New Jersey senator faces.
“So, I reached out to an experienced expert on the subject to give “Jersey Bobby” some advice,” Fetterman wrote on X.
Menendez and his wife face federal bribery and extortion charges as the senator also faces calls to resign. Fetterman has been one of Menendez's most vocal critics. During an appearance on CNN on Monday, he questioned why Menendez should remain in office if Santos is ousted.
In a cameo video for Menendez, Santos opens with the line “Hey , Bobby!”
He continues: “I don't think I need to tell you this, but these people who want to get you in trouble want to kick you out and force you run, you yourself put them down or shut up. You stand your ground, sir, and don't get bogged down by all the haters.”
Santos ends with “Stay strong” before wishing Menendez a “Merry Christmas.” “
Santos reportedly filmed the cameo video just 16 minutes after receiving the request from Fetterman's camp. “We didn't expect to get it back so quickly,” an unnamed Fetterman rep told Business Insider.
After Fetterman posted Santos' video online, Santos replied to X that he did it. I don’t know which “Bobby” he shot the video on: “I love it! I wish I knew the Bobby in question! LOL.”
Santos then publicly called for Menendez's ouster.
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Menendez, for his part, responded to Fetterman's joke, telling NBC News: “I don't think Mr. Clickbait's donors would appreciate it if he enriched George Santos.”
Fetterman wasn't the only one to profit from Santos' new career.
Ohio Democrats also bought a cameo from Santos to troll Senator Bernie Moreno for his donations to Santos' campaign.
“A little message from [Santos] to his number one Ohio supporter, [Moreno],” the group posted on X, along with a video in which Santos thanked “Ohio's Bernie Moreno” for “maximizing the effectiveness of my campaign.”
“Unfortunately, you know, it's over, everything ended, but I want to thank you very much for this donation and for all the support, and I hope that in the future I can come back and be a part of the game again,” added Santos.