Some right-leaning (maybe that's not a strong enough term) sources, such as Not the Bee, have claimed or at least implied that Gretchen Whitmer does not really exist, but is actually George Santos in drag. The Washington Free Beacon did a "fact check" and said the evidence is inconclusive, but this is another right-biased source.

Is there any validity to the claim that Gretchen Whitmer is George Santos as a drag queen? Is there any proof that this is not the case, such as a photo of them together or evidence that they were in different places at a given time? This claim seems highly improbable, and I am almost certain that they are in fact different people, but having concrete evidence might be helpful in discouraging other people from believing it.

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    To the downvoters: Get into the spirit of this corner of the SE network. This appears to be a notable claim. A ludicrous claim, but still notable. Commented Jan 28, 2023 at 8:52
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    @DavidHammen: The first link is satire. If that was the only source, I would have closed it as not notable. The second one is probably satirical too, but Poe's Law applies.
    – Oddthinking
    Commented Jan 28, 2023 at 9:47
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    Is there any bottom to "X female politician is a man in drag" questions? It's a sexist trope that's been used for decades, I could find probably hundreds of them as non-notable as this one.
    – CJR
    Commented Jan 28, 2023 at 13:23
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    @JoeW if the claim had just been "Gretchen Whitmer is actually a man in drag," I would not have posted it here. The claim was "Gretchen Whitmer is George Santos in drag." There are two parts to this: "Gretchen Whitmer is a man in drag" (not a notable claim) and "Gretchen Whitmer and George Santos are the same person" (a very notable claim, as it would be unconstitutional for the same person to be a representative and a state governor). The latter claim is the one about which I was primarily asking. I did not believe it at all; I was looking for proof that it's false, which David Hammer gave...
    – Someone
    Commented Jan 28, 2023 at 16:16
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    Unless we can find a site that is not a satirical one, then I don't think this is notable. Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 15:08

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Gretchen Whitmer was at Lansing Michigan all day on January 25, 2023. Multiple people met with her throughout the day in preparation for her state of the state address. She gave that address at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

George Santos was in Washington DC all day on January 25, 2023. He gave his first floor address sometime after 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and later voted on the resolution he addressed at 4:40 PM.

The flight time from Washington DC to Lansing MI is about an hour and 40 minutes. That excludes the time to travel from the Capitol Building to the Washington DC airport during rush hour, the two hours in advance one is supposed to arrive at an airport (let's make it half an hour for congress critters), the time it takes the plane to depart from the ramp and to later be secured on landing, the time it takes to disembark from the airplane, and the time it takes to travel from the Lansing airport to the capitol. That adds up to over three hours, at a bare minimum. He would have been at least 40 minutes late to give her state of the state address.

There is no way they are the same person.

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    This answer seems to be deliberately avoiding what should be obvious: Holograms: the future of performance. ¶ And just to be safe :-) and +1. Commented Jan 28, 2023 at 13:50
  • Also cloning. Maybe George Santos is just one of hundreds of clones. It would explain the lies on his resume - he accidentally gave the resume of a completely different clone. Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 2:02

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