In an interview with Steve Bannon, the disgraced but employed congressman, George Santos, claimed that if 142,000 of those who previously voted for him in the race for New York’s third congressional district sign a petition asking him to step down, he’ll resign.
Until today, Santos has repeatedly expressed his refusal to resign. However, his admission comes as more of a stunt. According to the New York State Board of Elections, Santos received 142,538 votes in his November victory, proving that his claim is merely an additional exhibit of his refusal to step down.
Santos stated, “I wish well all of their opinions, but I was elected by 142,000 people. Until those same 142,000 people tell me they don’t want me — we’ll find out in two years,”
Calls for the Resignation of George Santos Among NY’s GOP
Calls for Geroge Santos to resign intensify after details of his blatant lies regarding his experience, past, ethnicity, and education continue to unravel.
In the beginning, resignation demands largely came from Democrats. However, yesterday, New York’s GOP officials came forward, stating their doubts about his ability to lead. At this point, at least four Republican representatives from NY have called on Santos to step down.
In an interview with NBC, congressman Mike Lawler (R – NY) stated, “With the extent and severity of the allegations against him, his inability to take full responsibility for his conduct, and the numerous investigations underway, I believe he is unable to fulfill his duties and should resign.”
The New York Times George Santos’s previous resumes, it is evident that Santos has lied about everything from his education at New York University to his work experience at Goldman Sacks.
He has also made false claims about his ethnicity, at one point stating that he was Jewish. When it came out that he was not, in fact, Jewish, Santos spun his claim, instead saying he intended to say that he was “Jew-ish.”
So far, the newly elected speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy (R – CA,) has not called on Geroge Santos to resign.