Georgia GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene pushed back after fellow Republican George Santos was subjected to a heated interview Tuesday night, and reiterated her support for the New York representative-elect.
Santos is facing resignation calls after he admitted to making multiple false statements about his background and qualifications during his successful campaign for New York’s 3rd congressional district last fall. Santos was later grilled about his “blatant lies” by former Hawaii Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard during an episode of Fox News. Tucker Carlson tonight in which Gabbard entered as an innkeeper.
“All those lies that you’ve told, not just a little lie or a little embellishment — these are blatant lies,” Gabbard said during the interview with the congressman-elect. “My question is, aren’t you ashamed?”
Greene, who earlier in the day commended Santos for being “honest with his district” for lying on the campaign trail, reacted to Gabbard’s fiery interview on Twitter, writing that former Congresswoman Santos “showed no mercy while George admits and apologizes for lying about his resume.”
“Tulsi says George’s actions in the House are what matters most, but George hasn’t even had a chance to act in the House for his district because he’s not even sworn in yet,” Greene said in one the following tweet.
The Georgia representative continued to point the finger at Gabbard, who served as the Democratic representative for Hawaii before announcing in October that she was leaving the party to become independent. Greene wrote that Gabbard’s “actions in the House of Representatives,” such as voting with the Democratic Party on abortion and climate change issues, disqualified her from speaking to “a newly elected Republican congressman.”
“I appreciate that Tulsi is now saying words that sound conservative when she can’t do anything to back them up,” Greene tweeted.
“I hope Tulsi is sincere, just like I hope George is sincere,” she added End her thread. “I think we Republicans should give George Santos a chance and see how he legislates and votes and not treat him the same as the left.”
Santos confirmed this in an interview with New York Post Monday night that he didn’t work at Citigroup or Goldman Sachs and didn’t get a degree from Baruch College after saying he did so on the campaign stump. The New York Times His lies were first reported early last week.
The New York Republican also admitted he didn’t own 13 properties, as he previously said, and actually owed thousands of dollars in rent arrears.
Several Republicans have turned against Santos since he admitted to what he called “embellishments” on his resume.
New House Republican Nick LaLota, who will represent New York’s 1st congressional district in the new year, issued a statement calling for an investigation into Santos’ lies sent to Twitter on Tuesday, writing that he supports an investigation by the House Ethics Committee and, if necessary, an investigation by law enforcement.
The Representative-elect for the 4th congressional district of New York, Anthony D’Esposito, also wrote in a expression Tuesday that Santos “must continue to walk a path of honesty” and said he had “hurt” his future constituents with his lies.
Santos has claimed he broke no laws by lying on his resume and still intends to serve his district from January.
“I’m not a criminal,” he said in an interview with WABC radio host John Catsimatidis this week. “Not here, not abroad, in no jurisdiction in the world have I ever committed any crime.”
news week has reached out to the Greene and Gabbard teams for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/marjorie-taylor-greene-rips-gabbard-doubles-down-george-santos-defense-1769832 Marjorie Taylor Greene tears up Gabbard and doubles on George Santos’ defense