Every Disgraced Lie Incoming Congressman George Santos Has Been Accused Of Making, So Far

Every Disgraced Lie Incoming Congressman George Santos Has Been Accused Of Making, So Far

Every Disgraced Lie Incoming Congressman George Santos Has Been Accused Of Making, So Far

It can be hard to keep up with the list of fictions that George Santos has been accused of telling, admitted to telling, or was simply caught turning red-handed after a contradictory statement.

But do not worry: the independent is here, and we’re keeping track of the entire list of lies even as it continues to grow, both in number and in the magnitude of the humiliation it presents not only to Mr. Santos, who remains adamant that he will serve two years in office as a representative of New York’s 3rd District, but of the House Republican caucus as a whole.

Let’s dive into every fabrication, fiction, lie, falsehood, and “embellishment” that Mr. Santos has recounted (so far):

went to high school

Santos claimed in a campaign biography during his unsuccessful 2020 congressional bid (in the same district) that he had briefly attended a prestigious preparatory school in New York.

“He started Horace Mann High School in the Bronx, however, he did not graduate from Horace Mann due to his family’s financial hardship,” the bio reads.

Unsurprisingly, Horace Mann officials said there was no record of him ever attending. Santos has not responded to the discovery of this apparent fabrication.

went to college

The first, and one of the first lies discovered by The New York Times and other media outlets, is Mr. Santos’ claim that he earned degrees from NYU and Baruch College, another New York City-based school.

It turned out that not only did he not graduate from either school, but officials at both said there was no record of him attending under any aliases. Santos has now admitted as much, crediting the effort to make his resume more impressive.

worked in banks

Another from the initial office: it turns out that Santos did not work at Citigroup or Goldman Sachs. He has now admitted that this, too, was a fiction: instead, he claims to have worked for both banks through a third company, though he has provided no evidence to support that claim.

What we do know is that an investment firm he founded in May 2021 became suddenly rich, pouring millions of dollars into the untitled Santos, whose employment record remains murky. He has yet to explain how this company he founded (and closed in 2022 after failing to file paperwork) operated or made millions in such a short period, or how he made his connections in the industry.

Ran a charity

The political newcomer claimed not only to be a former banker, but also an animal lover: Mr. Santos previously claimed to have founded a charity group called Friends of Pets United, taking credit for allegedly saving thousands of dogs and cats. But no IRS records of the group could be found, and Santos himself even retracted the claim that he founded the group, later telling reporters that he only campaigned for the group and tried to find foster homes for some. animals.

He is Jewish and his grandparents fled the Holocaust.

It is becoming nearly impossible to count every time Santos has been accused of telling various audiences that he is Jewish. The Republican Jewish Coalition says he presented himself to them as a Jew, and has made public comments about it in interviews. Then there was the position paper discovered by Axios in which he simply refers to himself as an “American Jew,” removing any doubt about what he said.

However, in a recent interview with Fox News, he insisted that he had not lied and, in fact, only referred to himself as “Jew,” an explanation that sounded as if it had been ripped straight from a weekend update joke.

Not only has he opened up about actually being a Catholic, but geneologists contacted by The front he said there was no evidence to prove his other past claims on the subject; namely, that his grandparents on his mother’s side escaped the Holocaust. They were born in Brazil.

owns real estate

During the 2020 campaign, Santos told voters that he owned more than a dozen rental properties throughout New York state. Turns out that’s not true: he told her City and State New York that he actually “owns no property” at all. Some may be owned by his family, but he only used them at most.

His mother died twice.

This one easily takes the crown for the “weirdest” lie ever told. In a tweet discovered by reporters on Wednesday, Santos claimed that his mother had been killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.

Then he sent another tweet, five months later. In that message, her mother had a new time of death: December 23, 2016.

While Mr. Santos did not admit to this lie or address it publicly, it is reasonably safe to say that his mother did not return from the dead.

your apartment was robbed

In a 2016 housing court affidavit, Santos claimed he was robbed on his way to pay hundreds of dollars in back rent to a Queens landlord during an eviction case. The New York City Police Department has no record of any such attack.

A report from the New York media gothamist revealed that Mr. Santos wrote that he was robbed on his way to deliver a rent check to the Queens Housing Court on January 15, 2016 in an effort to settle his case.

The Republican wrote that he “was unable to provide a police report” and was told to return to police several days later to pick one up, according to an affidavit filed under oath.

Santos was willing to pay $2,250 in back rent for his Queens apartment.

An NYPD spokesperson told the outlet that there was nothing in the file related to Santos’s claims.

Alex Woodward contributed to this report

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