In his brief stint in Congress, rookie Rep. George Santos (R-NY) has stirred up a lot of controversy. It continued into the State of the Union Address on February 7 when he and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) got into an argument verbally prior to the speech. Following his comments, the senator criticized Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who did not find them amusing.
On February 7, Santos sought to shake the hands of every senator that entered the House chamber while seated in an aisle seat. Romney became irate and confronted the rookie lawmaker. The senator reportedly told reporters that he thought Santos ought to have sat in the back seat and kept quiet after the State of the Union.
Asked if he was unhappy that McCarthy did not demand Santos’ resignation, Romney said “Yes” in response.
Manu Raju questioned the speaker about the senator’s comments the following day, on February 8. “Romney should be disappointed that Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell hasn’t resigned,” McCarthy retorted.
Romney and McCarthy may not agree, but many other Republicans do. Due to the numerous lies Santos has told, conservatives in Long Island, New York, have demanded that he step down from his position. The new congressman is a “sociopath,” according to Rep. Nick Lalota (R-NY), and that he shouldn’t be in the House.
Santos has been exposed for lying about a number of things, including his ancestry and the fact that his mother was in the World Trade Center on 9/11. He is currently the subject of ethics inquiries.