Democrat who lost to George Santos calls on him to resign following NYT report
Democrat who lost to George Santos calls on him to resign following NYT report“The reality is Santos flat-out lied to the voters of NY-03,” Robert Zimmerman, who lost to Santos by 8 points in last month’s midterm elections, said in a statement late Monday. “He’s violated the public trust in order to win office and does not deserve to represent Long Island and Queens.
New York, New York - New York Representative-elect George Santos might want to go back to his previous tactic of staying quiet after another car-crash interview in which he tried to explain his made-up background. © via REUTERS New York Representative-elect George Santos is under fire for faking much of his background. via REUTERS
Appearing on Fox News on Tuesday night, the beleaguered congressman-in-waiting (for now) was grilled to a crisp by former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who accused him of duping voters with "blatant lies."
A New York Times report earlier this month had shown that the 34-year-olds faked everything from his education and professional history, to his background, which he explicitly claimed was Jewish during the campaign for New York's third congressional district.
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The information Santos gave voters about his past doesn't add up. It's still not grounds to keep him from holding office next congressional session.While he will still need to win 218 votes to win the Speaker's gavel when Congress convenes next year, the Bakersfield Republican has developed a reputation for his ambition over his more than 20-year political career and is favored to win the position.
Ever since the facade fell apart so publicly, Santos has first tried to wait out the storm and, more recently, to excuse the fabrications as resume "embellishment."
He gave that approach another shot with Gabbard, telling that it was "not false at all" to say that he had worked at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup – just far too complicated for ordinary people to possibly understand.
"We can have this discussion that's going to go way above the American people's heads," Santos insisted, before quickly trying to walk it back when it was pointed out to him that the implication was extremely insulting.
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Republican congressman-elect George Santos is under new scrutiny after a New York Times report earlier this week uncovered a string of apparent outright fabrications at the heart of some of the most fundamental facts of his life, but that backstory may also be notable for what Santos did not include—a publicly undisclosed marriage. Santos, who claims he has “never experienced discrimination in the Republican Party,” broke barriers this year when he became the first openly gay non-incumbent GOP candidate elected to Congress. But according to court records obtained by The Daily Beast, Santos appears to be the subject of a previously unacknowledged Sept.
Santos doubles down on "Jew-ish" claim © via REUTERS Many of George Santos' campaign claims have proven to be false. via REUTERS
There was a lot more cringe where that came from, as Santos tried the classic "what about the Democrats" line before again attempting to defend his false claims of being Jewish.
"My heritage is Jewish. I've always identified as Jewish. I was raised as a practicing Catholic. I think I've gone through this," he stammered. "Not being raised a practicing Jew, I've always joked with friends and circles, even within the campaign, I'd say, 'Guys, I'm Jew-ish.'"
One thing Santos didn't do is give up on his intention to take up office.
"It’s hard to imagine how [constituents] could possibly trust your explanations when you’re not really even willing to admit the depth of your deception to them," Gabbard said at the end of the surreal interview.
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How George Santos Defrauded My Old Congressional District .
Democratic complacency, Republican extremism, and media decline contributed to the new congressman’s victory.On Election Night, Republicans swept all four of Long Island’s House seats. Democrats didn’t realize the severity of the loss, however, until The New York Times revealed that Santos had lied about his education, work experience, philanthropic pursuits, and finances, among other things. This was no familiar case of a politician embellishing around the edges: Santos appeared to have made himself up. On Monday, he admitted that he’d engaged in serial falsehoods, but said that he intended to join the House majority anyway.