Republican Rep. George Santos (NY) has been caught in another lie, and this one may be the most egregious yet.
It turns out that Santos’s mother was not in the World Trade Center on September 11, as he had claimed during his House campaign.
Santos’s campaign website claims, “George’s mother was in her office in the South Tower on September 11, 2001, when the horrific events of that day unfolded. She survived the tragic events on September 11th, but she passed away a few years later when she lost her battle to cancer.”
But on a 2003 visa application, Fatima Devolder said she had not been in the country since 1999, according to Forward.com. The outlet said it reviewed 90 pages of immigration paperwork by Devolder that it obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests.
Devolder did die of cancer in 2016, but it had nothing to do with the events of September 11 in New York, as Santos claimed.
It’s only one of many lies Santos apparently told about his background. The media has uncovered inconsistencies about where he attended high school and college, degrees he obtained, and where he worked. In addition, he claimed he owned multiple real estate properties, but he actually doesn’t own any real estate.
He also claimed that his grandparents escaped the Holocaust to Brazil, but records showed that they were born in Brazil and were Catholic, not Jewish.
Santos has admitted that he embellished his resume, but refuses to step down from his elected position despite calls from the New York GOP to do so.
Santos’ refusal to resign
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has not called for Santos’ resignation so far, and said he is waiting for the investigation process to play out.
McCarthy is dealing with the tiniest of majorities, and undoubtedly doesn’t want to lose another Republican member if he can help it.
“Look, the voters decide,” McCarthy said. “The voters elected him to serve. If there is a concern, he has to go through the Ethics [Committee], let him move through that.” McCarthy did say that Santos will not be named to an important committees or panels until the investigation is complete.
While it is not a crime to lie to voters during a campaign, it is a crime to make false statements on federal forms. It is not clear whether Santos did so, but this is being investigated.
Can Santos get re-elected?
It does not seem like Santos will be able to get re-elected in 2024 after admitting he made up nearly all of his resume so he would sound better to voters.
His latest lies about his mother are not likely to help matters.