In a shocking heated exchange between Sen. Mitt Romey and Rep. George Santos, Romney approached Santos, telling him:
“You don’t belong here,” adding, “You ought to be embarrassed.”
Following President Biden’s State of the Union, Romney told reporters:
“I didn’t expect that he’d be standing there, trying to shake hands with every senator and the President of the United States.” then adding that Santos “should be sitting in the back row and staying quiet, instead of parading in front of the President and people coming into the room.”
While Romney makes a fair point that Santos has made himself a political pariah, and Santos should likely be staying away from the spotlight as it’s a bad look for the Republican party, Santos got his digs back at Romney on Twitter, saying:
“Hey @MittRomney just a reminder that you will NEVER be PRESIDENT!”
Santos became the center of attention and controversy in the U.S. House of Representatives after being caught lying about his mother dying in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11/01, his Jewish heritage, as well as his work and education history, Santos has also been alleged to have connections to a Ponzi scheme, as well as allegations that he used a fake animal charity to scam disabled veterans in 2016, promising to raise money for their dog’s cancer treatment, however, he’s alleged to have kept the fund raised for himself.
Santos has since dropped in popularity as a result of being accused of lying about not only his resume, but also his personal and family life.
The public, as well as both right-wing and left-wing news outlets immediately turned on the newly elected U.S. Congressman. Throughout the following weeks, the Republican from New York had his approval rating continue to drop like a rock, as it is now approaching now nearly single digits.
According to polling done by Newsday and Siena College, 83% of all Santos’ constituents have a negative opinion of him. This polling includes 78% of Republican voters in the Nassau County and Queens districts overwhelmingly want Rep. George Santos to step down and resign from his position representing New York’s 3rd Congressional District.
Don Levy, the director of the Siena College Poll said, “NY-3 voters overwhelmingly and unambiguously say Rep. Santos should resign. Whether you look it at by party, gender, race, age, religion, income, or which county the voters live in, the answer is the same: resign,” adding, “Similarly, voters of every party and every demographic breakdown know who Santos is, are following the news about Santos, and view Santos unfavorably.”