Some politicians and government officials have earned master’s degrees. Others exaggerate their professional achievements. There are people who misrepresent their family origins. And there are those who hide profit and economic gain.
case without equal
The United States has produced the one and only world champion of lying politicians: newly elected 34-year-old Republican Congressman George Santos, whose election as a member of the House of Representatives from New York brought him welcome and unexpected joy. Party in the election to be held on November 8
During the election campaign, Santos lied about every aspect of his life and his past: family, religion, studies, professional career, philanthropic activities, heritage…
He claims to be Jewish but is Catholic.
The Congressman said he is Jewish, like his mother. and that his maternal grandfather, a Ukrainian Jew, had fled Nazi persecution during the Holocaust. However, their genealogical records show that such grandparents were born in Brazil before the Nazis came to power in Germany. And their ancestors are not listed in the comprehensive refugee records at Yad Vashem’s World Holocaust Remembrance Center. He himself, when he began his search for Keck, made it clear that he was Catholic. He stated that he is “Jewish” in terms of his mother’s heritage and that he “never claimed to be Jewish.” But he said.
“9/11 killed my mother,” he says first / “My mother died in 2016,” he says later
Last year, on the death of his mother, Santos made two such tweets which did not match each other. In one he said he was a victim of 9/11, which could be interpreted to mean that he died in 2001 or shortly thereafter: “9/11 took my mother’s life… so I block so I don’t want to ever read this again,” he wrote in July 2021. Five months later, he placed the deathbed in 2016: “This 23rd of December marks 5 years since I lost my best friend and mentor. Mom, you will always be in my heart”.
He Claims His Title, But He Is Immediately Caught
Before the elections, the lawmaker claimed to have graduated from Baruch College, a public university in New York. But the Center replied that it could not verify the information. And, on Monday, Santos admitted it: “I did not graduate from any institution of higher education. I am ashamed and apologize for embellishing my resume.” But he refuses to resign for that and for the rest of his lies.
He assures that he worked at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, but he is not
Another one of those lies was that he worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. Neither financier could find any records to verify this. He then clarified that he “never worked directly” for either of the two firms and that he made a “poor choice of words”.
Invent an NGO for animal protection
Santos also said that years ago he founded an animal rescue charity that has saved over 2,500 dogs and cats. That would be Friends of Pets United, which is allegedly a tax-exempt organization. And surprisingly, the US tax agency could not find any record of any NGO of that name.
quote a company that is a secret
Trickier is the mystery of Santos’ claims to his real estate holdings, as well as a $750,000 salary and more than $1 million in dividends he would have been receiving from his company, Devolder. Because there are no assets or customers for that company.
He confesses to robbery in Brazil but then disappears
Public records reveal that, when he was 19 years old, the young Santos stole the checkbook of a man his mother looked after in Brazil. according to judicial documents of that country published by new York Times , The boy used the money to go shopping. And though he eventually confessed, the case was never fully resolved as he disappeared off the map.
prosecutors are investigating
Federal and district attorneys on Wednesday announced the launch of separate investigations into the Republican representative’s lies, with a specific focus on his finances. It’s about finding out, for example, where he got the $700,000 that he contributed to his campaign. He claims they come from his company, but both the charity and the company raise questions.
his creations amaze
“The many fabrications and inconsistencies involving Congressman Santos are simply staggering,” said Republican Anne Donnelly, the New York District Attorney for Nassau County. He argued that “the residents of Nassau County and other parts of the Third District (for which he ran) deserve an honest and responsible representative.”
But they are silent in their party
Till yesterday neither Santos had given any indication of resignation nor his party leaders had demanded it. In contrast, Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the lower house and who has been presiding over the body since January, has maintained a stoic silence on the matter.