George Santos (R-NY) has opened up a can of worms, and nobody wants to put on a pair of rubber gloves and deal with it, or him. The Democrats have to tread lightly on this embarrassing mess because anything they throw at the lying individual could end up right on the steps of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
There is no excuse for Santos. He has embellished his resume to fool the voters and get elected. This should be easy. He lied. He cheated. He is done. But, then, what do you do with others who have enjoyed long careers in Washington after knowingly lying to get there? Richard Blumenthal is a two-term Senator from Connecticut who lied about his time on active duty in Vietnam. The problem is he has never been to Vietnam. Blumenthal exaggerated his military career to attain a Senate Seat. Should he cast the first stone at Santos? I think not.
Joe Biden has told tall tales about his life and his family for fifty years. It has always been laughed off as just Joe being Joe. No, it is somebody making themselves into someone else to improve his stature. Did we hold him accountable? Heck no, we made him President. Who is the fool?
The onion is being peeled for Santos, and it doesn’t pass the smell test. Like the Twitter files, another set of facts, or lies, pop up daily. When do we finally say enough? He has to go?
The list of Santos’s missteps is lengthy and creative:
- Santos claimed he graduated in 2010 with a degree in economics and finance from Baruch College in New York City. Baruch has no records of Santos ever attending their school.
- Santos says his grandparents survived the Holocaust as Ukrainian Jewish refugees from Belgium. This claim did not sit well with the Jewish community, and upon investigating, they discovered that his grandparents were from Brazil. Brazil is a long way from Europe and the hell of Hitler’s Holocaust.
- Santos claimed he lost four employees in the horrific Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016. The New York Times fact-checked his claimand none of the victims ever worked at any of the various firms where Santos claims to have worked.
- Friends of Pets is a charity that Santos claims he founded from 2013 to 2018, which acted as an animal rescue operation that rescued 2,400 dogs and 280 cats. Surprise: the Internal Revenue Service couldn’t find any record of a registered charity with that name. The money donated to his Go Fund Me sites is missing.
- Santos claimed he was an associate asset manager at Citigroup. A Citigroup spokesperson said they had no record of his employment, and there is no such position at the Citigroup real estate division.
- This lie repeated with Santos claiming to work with Goldman Sachs. Same result. No record of him at Goldman Sachs. Surprise!
The New York Attorney General is looking into these accusations, but Congress has to take swift action. Santos has to be suspended, and the district he represents deserves a replacement immediately. We also must stop the acceptance of Joe Biden’s stretches of reality. I will not waste space listing them here. But suffice it to say that the only thing consistent in Joe Biden’s career is his gaffes. Sad.