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George Santos: The imposter in Congress | On The Ground

Embattled New York Republican George Santos’ time in Congress could prove to be short-lived after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy addressed his potential removal from office.

GOP leader Mr McCarthy said at a press conference on Tuesday that the congressman will be ousted if the House Ethics Committee finds that he broke the law.

“If for some way when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him,” he said.

“The American public in his district voted for him. He has a responsibility to uphold what they voted for, to work and have their voice here, but at any time, if it rises to a legal level, we will deal with it then.”

His comments come as Mr Santos said he was “saddened” to learn that fellow GOP member John Kennedy called him “nutty as a fruitcake” and a “bunny boiler” – a reference to Glenn Close’s unhinged, psychotic character in the 1987 movie Fatal Attraction.

Mr Santos continues to come under scrutiny for a series of lies he made as he ran for office. Most recently, it has emerged he claimed that he survived an unidentified assassination attempt.

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George Santos says he isn’t lying about getting Covid

It seems like such a minor issue compared to the long list of embellishments and outright fabrications that George Santos concocted over his political career, but the congressman was able to prove one of his many now-questioned claims about himself to be true.

That’s right: George Santos really was one of the first Americans to be hospitalised with Covid-19 in March of 2020, when he was living in New York. Or, at least, it certainly appears that he was.

The congressman supplied several photos of himself in a hospital bed in some sort of isolation area as well as images of a positve Covid test to the DC-based insider news blog Semafor. Both the dates on the test and the metadata matched to March of 2020, according to the news site.

That would mean that Mr Santos was hospitalised as a result of the very first wave of Covid hitting the city — by no means a significant achievement. If anything, the story represents how it has become newsworthy when the New York Republican actually tells the truth, given the rarity of that occurring.

John Bowden25 January 2023 19:51

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George Santos ‘saddened’ after Republican senator calls him ‘nutty fruitcake bunny boiler’

Embattled New York Republican George Santos is “saddened” that his fellow party member John Kennedy called him “nutty as a fruitcake” and a “bunny boiler” – a reference to Glenn Close’s unhinged, psychotic character in the 1987 movie Fatal Attraction.

Mr Santos responded to the Louisiana Republican’s comments on Tuesday. “I am saddened that a distinguished senator from the GOP, whom I’ve respected would use such derogatory language against me,” he said.

“Language like that is hurtful and divisive, and has no place in Congress,” he added.

Read the full story here:

John Bowden25 January 2023 19:00

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Comedian claps back after George Santos complaint: ‘My pathological liar character can’t hold a candle to you!’

“I have now been enshrined in late night TV history with all these impersonations, but they are all TERRIBLE so far. Jon Lovitz is supposed to be one of the greatest comedians of all time and that was embarrassing – for him not me! These comedians need to step their game up,” Mr Santos tweeted on Monday night.

“Finally!!! You’re honest about something!!!” Mr Lovitz responded on Twitter.

See the rest of their exchange in The Independent:

John Bowden25 January 2023 18:15

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Kevin McCarthy loses his cool at reporters questioning his backing of George Santos

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy dressed down a reporter in the US Capitol during a press conference on Tuesday after the reporter questioned him over why he wasn’t doing more to punish George Santos for repeatedly lying to voters and the media.

CNN’s Manu Raju began the exchange on Tuesday by questioning Mr McCarthy over whether his resistance to calling for Mr Santos to resign, a step several of his GOP colleagues have taken, was due to his desire to protect a single-digit Republican majority in the chamber.

Then, a second reporter jumped in, asking why Mr McCarthy was not calling for Mr Santos to be stripped of committee memberships.

Watch Mr McCarthy’s response here:

John Bowden25 January 2023 16:36

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Santos causes problems for Elise Stefanik

GOP caucus chair Elise Stefanik is facing new questions over her role in getting George Santos elected to Congress.

A New York Republican like Mr Santos, Ms Stefanik is facing new critcism from some of her own allies as a result of her efforts to find willing donors to help support Mr Santos’s successful congressional bid. Many are questioning why she put her support so strongly behind a candidate who appears to have made up almost his entire resume.

John Bowden25 January 2023 15:30

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Kevin McCarthy reveals George Santos may be ousted from Congress

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said that embattled freshman Republican Representative George Santos of New York will be removed from Congress if the House Ethics Committee finds that he broke the law.

But Mr McCarthy said that until then, he would support Mr Santos. Last week, the House Republican Steering Committee gave Mr Santos two committee assignments.

“You know why I’m standing by him? Because his constituents voted for him,” Mr McCarthy told reporters Tuesday evening. “I do not have the power simply because I disagree with somebody on what they have said that I remove them from elected office.”

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Eric Garcia25 January 2023 14:47

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Voters strongly favour embattled Rep George Santos resigning, poll finds

A majority of New Yorkers want embattled Republican Representative George Santos to resign amid a flurry of reports that he fabricated large parts of his life story, according to a new Siena College poll.

A total of 59 per cent of registered voters said Mr Santos should resign from Congress, with 64 per cent of Democrats saying he should. A plurality of Republicans – 49 per cent – want Mr Santos to resign as well. That comes despite the fact that Mr Santos flipped a district on Long Island that had voted overwhelmingly for President Joe Biden.

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John Bowden25 January 2023 14:00

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Late-night comedians let rip as George Santos complains about their ‘terrible’ impressions of him

A comedian has clapped back at Congressman George Santos after the New York Republican complained about the comedians appearing on late night talk shows to mock him after he was caught in a litany of lies.

“I have now been enshrined in late night TV history with all these impersonations, but they are all TERRIBLE so far. Jon Lovitz is supposed to be one of the greatest comedians of all time and that was embarrassing – for him not me! These comedians need to step their game up,” Mr Santos tweeted on Monday night.

“Finally!!! You’re honest about something!!!” Mr Lovitz responded on Twitter.

Read more here:

Rachel Sharp25 January 2023 13:30

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McCarthy says Santos could be ousted from Congress

Embattled New York Republican George Santos’ time in Congress could prove to be short-lived after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy addressed his potential removal from office.

GOP leader Mr McCarthy said at a press conference on Tuesday that the congressman will be ousted if the House Ethics Committee finds that he broke the law.

“If for some way when we go through Ethics and he has broken the law, then we will remove him,” he said.

“The American public in his district voted for him. He has a responsibility to uphold what they voted for, to work and have their voice here, but at any time, if it rises to a legal level, we will deal with it then.”

Rachel Sharp25 January 2023 13:00

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George Santos and the fascinating psychology of compulsive liars

Congressman George Santos seems to have lied about everything, from the straightforward to the utterly absurd.

Holly Baxter speaks to experts on lying — and reports on why we all become complicit when a prolific liar reels us in:

John Bowden25 January 2023 12:30

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