Congressional Rep. George Santos (R-NY) tells NBC News he will resign — if “142 people asked me to resign” (see video below). Oh wait, the serial liar then clarified his latest fib in an interview with Steve Bannon, claiming he meant “142,000,” as in the number of people in his New York district who voted for him (or, rather, the guy they thought was George Santos ).
He later reps Steve Bannon’s War Room. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., clarified in an interview that he was referring to the more than 142,000 people who elected him in the November race for New York’s 3rd Congressional District. Santos said he would stay in Congress “until those same 142,000 people tell me they don’t want me.”
Santos has said repeatedly this week that he will not resign, despite calls to do so from top Republican officials in his home state and a handful of his GOP colleagues in the House.
A growing number of Republican lawmakers have called on Santos to resign in recent days, including at least four in New York and another out of state. Top officials of Santos’ own local Republican party, the Nassau County GOP, held a news conference Wednesday and said he should step down.
Meanwhile, while vulnerable Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R–CA) has been busy twiddling his thumbs, I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more from the MAGA-controlled Speaker of the House in the coming years.
Front page thumbnail image: Santos in a “George for NY” campaign handout photo