New York Republican Congressman George Santos has been put on trial by former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard for telling “blatant lies.”
Gabbard, who served in Congress as a Democrat from Hawaii before becoming independent in October, conducted a heated interview with the embattled congressman while guest-hosting Fox News. Tucker Carlson tonight on Tuesday.
Santos is facing resignation calls after admitting to multiple lies about his background and qualifications during a successful campaign for New York’s 3rd congressional district. He tried to explain away the fakes as “mistakes” and insisted during the interview that he was “not a scammer”.
“I think we can all look at ourselves in the mirror and admit that for once in our lives we made a mistake,” Santos told Gabbard. “I have the courage to do this because I believe that in order to overcome this and move forward and be an effective member of Congress, I must face my mistakes. And I face them.”
Gabbard seemed unfazed by the answer, pointing out that Santos had told several lies.
“The thing is, congressmen-elect, integrity is … telling the truth, being a person of integrity,” she said. “All those lies you’ve told, not just a little lie or a little embellishment – these are blatant lies. My question is, aren’t you ashamed?”
“Tulsi, I could say the same thing about the Democrats and Joe Biden,” Santos replied. “Joe Biden has been lying to the American people for 40 years, he is the President of the United States. The Democrats strongly support him, aren’t they ashamed?”
Gabbard cut him off and told Santos that “this isn’t about the Democratic Party.” She then asked if he was Jewish. Despite claiming to be a “proud American Jew” during his campaign, Santos said in a recent interview that he was Catholic New York Postwhile insisting that he had only claimed to be “Jewish”.
“I’ve always identified as a Jew,” Santos said Tuesday. “I’ve always joked with friends and circles, even during the campaign I said, guys, ‘I’m Jewish’… Look, I understand that everyone wants to gossip about me.”
“I am committed to delivering results for the American people,” he continued. “Now it’s my responsibility to deliver…I look forward to serving my district.”
Gabbard then admonished Santos for “not taking it seriously” and pointed out that he had told several “blatant” lies. Inventions he has admitted to include the false claim that he graduated from two colleges and worked for the financial firms Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.
“These are blatant lies and it questions how your constituents and the American people can believe anything you say when you’re in the House of Representatives,” Gabbard said. “That’s the real problem here.”
Santos went on to defend his “controversial” career in finance, lamenting that “everyone just wants to push me and call me a liar.”
“We gave you plenty of time,” Gabbard said, ending the interview. “I think their time is owed to the people of New York’s 3rd. It’s hard to imagine how they can trust your explanations when you’re not even really willing to admit to them the depth of your deception.”
Despite the deception, it may be impossible to stop Santos from entering Congress next week, barring his own resignation. The GOP leadership of the House of Representatives has given no indication that he could be thrown out after taking his seat.
However, former US attorney Barbara McQuade said during an MSNBC interview on Tuesday that lies by Santos could leave him vulnerable to criminal charges of wire fraud because his campaign may have solicited donations based on false claims.
news week has reached out to the Santos campaign, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Republican National Conference for comment.
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