The strange tale of Rep.-elect George Santos (R-NY) gets more and more twisted. But don’t worry, he says he’ll answer all questions….next week.
In case you missed it, the situation began to unravel when the New York Times published a report showing that the college Santos claimed to have earned a degree at had no record of him. Nor did the investment banks (Goldman Sachs, Citibank) he claimed to have worked at.
Within a day, the Jewish news publication Forward discovered evidence indicating Santos had fabricated much of his family’s history, including his being Jewish.
To the people of #NY03 I have my story to tell and it will be told next week. I want to assure everyone that I will address your questions and that I remain committed to deliver the results I campaigned on; Public safety, Inflation, Education & more.
Happy Holidays to all!
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) December 22, 2022
Then, earlier today, The Daily Beast reported that Santos had been married to a woman until just weeks before launching his first congressional campaign, despite the fact that he claims to have been openly gay for years. According to public records, his divorce was finalized 12 days before Election Day of his first run at Congress.
But wait – there’s more!…
Today, Santos took to Twitter promising to set the record straight about his apparently fabricated personal and professional history. Next week.
“To the people of NY-03 I have my story to tell and it will be told next week,” Santos wrote. “I want to assure everyone that I will address your questions and that I remain committed to deliver the results I campaigned on; Public safety, Inflation, Education & more. Happy Holidays to all!”
As many on Twitter pointed out, all these questions could be cleared up in a minute or two.
Just say if you earned a degree, or founded a non-profit animal rescue, or if you’re Jewish, or if you were married to a woman for the better part of a decade when you have said you “never had an issue” with your sexual identity “in the past decade.”
In January 2021, Santos claimed his fiancé lost his job after the couple attended Donald Trump’s $1,000-per-head COVID-unsafe New Year’s Eve bash at Mar-a-Lago.
For a deeper breakdown, check out my friend Michelangelo Signorile’s take on the situation.
Why do you need a full week to confirm if you live where you said you did, worked where you said you did, went to school where you said you did…? https://t.co/ioGFGVVvV7
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 22, 2022
Summary: I need a week to come up with new lies in hopes the news cycle dies down and I can run out the clock to getting seated by a GOP caucus that doesn’t care if I’m a total fraud and criminal. https://t.co/7cGCj9m1SO
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) December 22, 2022
You need a week? Are you Jewish? Yes or no? Holocaust stories true? Yes or no? Are you a gay Republican? Yes or no? Was your campaign a series of lies? Yes or no? This should take you no more than one minute to respond. https://t.co/Lh9YnVsnB5
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 22, 2022
It’s not what it looks like, I’ll explain next week! not the best way to address a scandal https://t.co/igS1NLZ4s6
— farhad manjoo (@fmanjoo) December 22, 2022
Shorter Santos: Give me another week to figure out what that story is, and then I’ll be ready to talk to the press. https://t.co/xasVgq6Djc
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) December 22, 2022