Meet Steve Santagati.
He’s a self-proclaimed “best selling author” of “The Manual: A True Bad Boy Explains How Men Think, Date, and Mate — and What Women Can Do to Come Out on Top,” despite the amount of 1-star reviews on Amazon.
Recently Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) caused controversy after walking out on a moment of silence on the House floor to protest gun violence in the aftermath of the Texas church shooting in Sutherland Springs that claimed 25 lives.
While there’s nothing wrong with disagreeing with Lieu’s actions, Santagati decided to respond in the best way he knows how: by sending the most racist tweet ever.
What do you expect from a guy who eats cats and dogs
— steve santagati (@stevesantagati) November 7, 2017
Of course, his tweet drew a lot of backlash on Twitter, but he’s not remorseful. He’s actually doubling down.
https://t.co/fHu8ThPBcJ sorry but the word racist doesn’t apply here. Facts. The idiot was insensitive ; same way anyone who eats a kitten or puppy is. Get it? Good.
— steve santagati (@stevesantagati) November 9, 2017
Perhaps what’s sad about this whole thing is that Santagati seems to be kind of a big deal, with features on the “Today Show”, “Day to Day with Rachael Ray”, “The View”, CNBC, Extra, the WB, “Montel Williams”, “The Tyra Show”, and VH1.
@TODAYshow @rachelray @TheView @CNBC @MarioLopezExtra @tyrashow @VH1 your relationship expert @stevesantagati is a proven racist, see comment toward veteran US Congressman @tedlieu. Stop inviting him on your show. https://t.co/rCWmmANXgi
— Jay Chen (@jfchen) November 9, 2017
He also things catcalling women on the streets is perfectly ok because it’s a “compliment,” and that a solution to the situation isn’t for men to respect the wishes of women, but for women to stop having so many babies.
Santagati has, unsurprisingly, not issued any kind of apology for his comments nor has he deleted his tweets as of this writing.
As someone who is recognized by some as a public figure, his inability to recognize and comprehend his own racist tendencies — aside from the fact that he refuses to respect women — is truly jarring and unacceptable.