George Santos’ Lies 

By Anjali Nayak 

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George Santos, whose election to Congress helped Republicans clinch a narrow majority in the House of Representatives, built his platform as the self-proclaimed “embodiment of the American dream.” His story was one for the underdogs: the son of hardworking Brazilian immigrants who fled Jewish persecution in Europe, the first openly gay Republican to win a House seat, and a student of public education that eventually worked for one of Wall Street’s largest firms. On the weekends, he claimed to run his family-owned charity Friends of Pets United, which has saved more than 2500 dogs and cats. 

Energetic and young, Santos lit up the Republican party. Although running on notoriously extremist policies, including being an advocate for conservative Marjorie Taylor Greene, his identity and story represented just how inclusive the GOP could be. 

It was too good to be true. 

Public records proved Santos’s story a scam. On a forced and unempathetic media tour, he confesses to his resume embellishment. After pressure from the public, he admits that he did not work for Citigroup or Goldman, and did not graduate from Baruch College or any institution of higher learning. Instead, he had been working for the company Harbor City, which was later sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for it being a Ponzi scheme. 

How does the serial liar get out of the situation? He backtracks, claiming that his lies pale in comparison to the lies that have been told by Democrats. Additionally, he says that he still intends to take office and do the work that the people elected him for. 

The only way for George Santos to be “fired” from his seat would be if Kevin McCarthy calls for an ethics investigation and forces him to resign. This is highly unlikely.

As terrible as this might look for the GOP, Santos’s district is not a safe Republican seat.