In interviews, after he duped voters into electing him under false pretenses, he admitted that he “embellished his resumé.” Embellished??? The resumé claims--
- he graduated from two institutions of higher learning that have no record of him ever being a student;
- he worked at two high-powered Wall Street firms that have no record of such employment;
- he and his family own 13 rental properties (which they don’t);
- and so much more.
Santos, however, did not stop inventing with just his resumé. His financial disclosure forms also appear to be direct from fantasyland.
The capstone on the fictional character he created was an appeal to the large Jewish population of his district based on his being a member of the tribe and his grandparents being Holocaust survivors (they somehow did this while never leaving Brazil). This is deeply offensive to those of us who really did lose family in the Holocaust.
It would be interesting to know what his constituents are saying now that they know they elected a fraud. But wait, this is nothing new. Didn’t Americans elect as president the biggest fraud of all time? Not to mention the hundreds of Republican members of Congress who even today continue to parrot Trump’s lies about a stolen election? Santos only lies when his lips and pen move. He will, however, really have to exert himself to approach the 30,573 lies Trump told while president.
Being a pathological liar like Trump is not exactly a deviation from the current Republican norm. On the contrary, Santos is a perfect fit for the GOP. This is the party cult, after all, that is all in with QAnon delusions about Democratic child sex traffickers, deep state pipedreams and attempts to pin the January 6 insurrection on either (a) leftists masquerading as Trumpites, or (b) Capitol “tourists” who did nothing wrong.
No organization tolerates lying on a resume. If federal employees do it, they can lose their jobs and also be tried for and convicted of perjury. Not, however, elected officials. There are no penalties for uncontrolled lying to win public office.
One has to wonder how a pathological liar could become a serious candidate for high office. Surely, the Republican establishment knew Santos was a scam artist long before the election. Apparently they didn’t care. All that counted was the pursuit of power, integrity be damned. See, for example, the many other GOP liars who ran for office in the recent mid-term elections.
But we must also wonder about the efficacy of Democratic opposition research, a component of every federal campaign. Uncovering the truth about George Santos’ litany of lies should have been easy pickings. The North Shore Leader, a tiny weekly Long Island newspaper, raised enough suspicions about Santos’ fabrications to alert both larger media outlets and his Democratic opponent.
Kevin McCarthy, of course, has not commented on Santos’ lies. He desperately needs his vote to be elected Speaker. Silently or even overtly condoning, and even applauding, lies and fraud is what Republican office holders now do. George Santos fits the mold perfectly.
December 30, 2022