George Santos Digs Even Deeper Hole With Lies

George Santos Digs Even Deeper Hole With Lies
Rep-elect George Santos (R-NY)

Con(gress)man-elect George Santos is finding out that a single resume “embellishment” might be one thing, but his seemingly unending string of lies is proving to be a LOT.

After admitting to lying about his college degree (doesn’t have one) and work experience at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs (didn’t happen) on Monday, more details about his history and penchant for lying are coming into focus.

For instance:

In a November interview, Santos told WNYC that his company, which he did not identify, “lost four employees” at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in June 2016.

He now says that, at the time of their deaths, the four “employees” were in the process of being hired for the company he was at (so they weren’t employees) when they died in the shooting. Also, the Pulse Nightclub shooting happened in 2016, so whatever company he was referring to, it wasn’t HIS, so the four victims weren’t going to be “his” employees.

But wait…there’s more!

Jewish independent news outlet Forward notes that Santos told the New York Post on Monday that he never claimed to be Jewish. “I said I was ‘JEW-ish.”

But – Santos had called himself “a proud American Jew” on documents shared with Jewish leaders and pro-Israel groups during his campaign.

And Santos didn’t just claim to be “Jew-ish.” According to reports, he campaigned heavily in Jewish neighborhoods, appeared at Jewish Republican events, and in a since-deleted tweet wrote, “Happy Hanukkah to my community.”

After winning the House seat in the midterm elections, Santos travelled to Las Vegas to address a session of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Annual Leadership Meeting.

“Well, good morning, Shabbat Shalom to everybody,” he told the group on November 19, adding that his win meant that “now there will be three” Jewish Republicans members of Congress.

The Republican Jewish Coalition CEO Matt Brooks said in a statement today that Santos “deceived us and misrepresented his heritage.”

“We are very disappointed in Congressman-elect Santos. He deceived us and misrepresented his heritage. In public comments and to us personally, he previously claimed to be Jewish.

“He has begun his tenure in Congress on a very wrong note. He will not be welcome at any future RJC event.”

The deluge of lies was brought to light in a report by The New York Times published earlier this month, outlining the extent of his campaign lies.

Santos’ attorneys said in a statement the Times report was a “shotgun blast of attacks,” claiming it was defamatory. This week, following Santos admitting to the numerous lies – “we do stupid things in life” – it would hard to argue the original report was defamatory since it turned out to be true.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” John Heilemann told viewers:

“I don’t want to in any way make light of him, because he is a comical example, politics littered with examples of lying liars who lie, and many who’ve lied about their resume. Usually, you do get caught, This is what it looks like.”

“You get made into a laughingstock if you decide to make up things whole cloth about your background. This gentleman will be the butt of jokes for the rest of his life, and rightly so.”

For their part, House Democrats are now calling for Santos to resign considering the breadth of his lies.

Here’s part of his interview with City and State: