Folks are gagging that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) dissed truth-challenged Rep. George Santos (R-NY) to his face last night at the State of the Union address.
The two GOPers had their moment just prior to President Joe Biden’s speech as Romney reportedly told Santos, “You don’t belong here.” Folks at home could see the exchange but couldn’t make out the actual language.
Here’s the video clip along with a bit “ok lip reading.”
Republican Rep. George Santos positioned himself in a prime location for the State of the Union address — a prominent place for the embattled new lawmaker — and was met with a stern rebuke from a fellow Republican, Sen. Mitt Romney. https://t.co/O1KhoKV9Qu pic.twitter.com/Sjs5yQBemz
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 8, 2023
👀 Mitt Romney and George Santos apparently had some words at the #SOTU23 last night. pic.twitter.com/Hce7WuClZN
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) February 8, 2023
After the State of the Union address, a reporter asked Romney about the conversation.
“You just said, ‘You don’t belong here’?” asked one reporter to which Romney confirmed with a simple, “Yeah.”
The reporter followed up asking, “Why did you say that?”
“I didn’t expect he’d be standing there trying to shake hands with every senator and the president of the United States. Given the fact that he’s under ethics investigation, he should be sitting in the back row and staying quiet instead of parading in front of the president and the people coming into the room.”
“He says he, you know, that he embellished his record. Look, embellishing is saying you got an A when you got an A-. Lying is saying you graduated from a college that you didn’t even attend and he shouldn’t be in Congress and they’re gonna go through the process and hopefully get him out.”
“But he shouldn’t be there and if he had any shame at all he wouldn’t be there.”
Freshman New York GOP Rep. Nick LaLota told CNN he agreed with Romney’s assessment calling Santos a “sociopath.”
Mitt Romney on Santos:
Q: "You just said, ‘you don’t belong here’?"
Q: "Why did you say that?"
Romney: "I didn’t expect he’d be standing there trying to shake hands with every senator and the president of the United States."pic.twitter.com/jCXlvvEGrB
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) February 8, 2023
Freshman NY Republican Rep. Nick LaLota says Sen. Romney is right: “George Santos is a sociopath. He looks for that attention. Even the negative attention drives him. It's a distraction to the Republicans in the House. We want to focus on our commitment to America.” pic.twitter.com/8OtgVo0smR
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 8, 2023
As I’ve reported extensively on The Randy Report, Santos is being investigated on several fronts ever since the New York Times revealed Santos campaigned on a resume that was pretty much fabricated.
Just a few of his lies include claiming to have attended and graduated from Baruch College and New York University; telling folks he was a champion volleyball player for Baruch College (which he never attended); listing Citigroup and Goldman Sachs as previous employers; and denying he was charged with writing fraudulent checks in Brazil.
Additionally he’s been accused of stealing former roommates’ clothing, raising money for sick dogs and pocketing the cash, and inviting a former boyfriend to live with him and his “roommate” who turned out to be his wife.
On Tuesday, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed that Santos is facing an investigation by the House Ethics Committee.
Santos tried to save face last night following his Romney exchange by throwing some second-rate shade Romney’s way on Twitter:
Hey @MittRomney just a reminder that you will NEVER be PRESIDENT! https://t.co/ANxiQPxAua
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) February 8, 2023
UPDATE: Santos spoke to reporters today about the now-infamous exchange saying, “I think it’s reprehensible that the Senator would say such a thing to me in the demeaning way he said.” He then added, “It wasn’t very Mormon of him.”
“I think it's reprehensible that the Senator would say such a thing to me in the demeaning way he said,” Santos said about Sen. Romney’s comments to him at last night’s SOTU
“It wasn't very Mormon of him.” pic.twitter.com/OUs3xuh5Wh
— Lalee Ibssa (@LaleeIbssa) February 8, 2023