Angry voters are calling on George Santos to resign after it emerged that he lied about his career and that he was a grandson of Jewish Holocaust survivors.
The 34-year-old Republican is under federal, state and local criminal investigation after he admitted lying.
Since the revelation, his supporters have taken to the streets of Long Island to call for him to step down before he is sworn in in Washington DC.
“George Santos is a con artist,” Teodora Choolfaian said CNN. “This man should not be in office, and we all know that. I want to assure you that the Republicans know that too.”
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George Santos, 34, is under federal, state and local criminal investigation after he admitted to lying about being a descendant of Jewish Holocaust survivors and having connections to Wall Street
His Long Island voters took to the streets to hold signs calling him a “liar” and asking him not to be “rewarded” by allowing him to be sworn into Congress on Jan. 3.
They’ve called him a “fraud” and a “fake,” but Santos has yet to announce any plans for firing
Ctoolfaian had even attended a rally with Santos in late January, where protesters lined a roadway chanting, “My child, my choice,” as they protested against COVID-19 mask mandates in schools.
But like several of his former supporters, she started turning on him after it was revealed that he lied about multiple things, such as when he claimed his mother died in the 9/11 attacks and that he worked for Goldman Sachs.
The most persistent lie among voters was when he lied about his Jewish heritage. Long Island has the fourth largest Jewish community in the US, after NYC, LA and South Florida, according to SUNY Press.
Genealogists have been unable to find Santos’ connection to Holocaust survivors, whom the Long Island Jewish community says Santos is a “pretend” person.
“He’s a person who really isn’t there,” Jack Mandel, a leader of the Jewish community, told CNN. He also said he could “absolutely not” vote for Santos again after that.
“I couldn’t in good conscience,” he said.
“Once someone lies to me, I can never trust that person again.”
Many of his supporters carried placards reading “liar” and “don’t reward a liar” to express their distaste for the newly elected congressman.
However, not all of his supporters want to let him walk the plank completely. Henry Golis, who voted for Santos, wants the politician to explain first.
“George Santos is a con artist,” said Teodora Choolfaian (right). “This man should not be in office, and we all know that. I want to assure you that the Republicans know that too.” Jewish Community leader Jack Mandel (left) said he would never vote for Santos again
“The man deserves his say, and he has to answer a lot of personal questions about why we’re in this situation,” he told CNN. “The bottom line is that in the end he has to admit everything.”
Republican Tom Zmich, a former New York congressional candidate, told CNN that Santos “did nothing wrong as far as legality is concerned.”
“He admitted he lied,” he told the outlet.
The scandal-plagued Republican is now under investigation for lying about his Jewish heritage, Wall Street bona fide behavior, a college degree and possible financial improprieties.
Despite the bipartisan condemnation over his worthiness to hold federal office, Santos has shown no signs of stepping aside — even when he publicly admitted he had a long list of lies.
Nassau County GOP District Attorney Anne Donnelly announced Wednesday afternoon that her office had opened an investigation into the politician’s fabrications before his election victory in New York during the November midterm elections. Newsday was the first to report on the local investigation.
“The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the Third District must have an honest and accountable representative in Congress,” Donnelly said in a statement. “No one is above the law and if a crime has been committed in this county, we will prosecute it.”
However, not all of his supporters have turned against him. Henry Golis (left) wants to give the Republican a chance to speak for himself, while former congressional candidate Tom Zmich said he has “done nothing wrong as far as legality is concerned”
In addition to the newly announced local investigation, federal prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York are also investigating Santos’ finances and financial disclosures, according to CBS news.
According to paperwork filed by Santos’s campaign committee, he had 37 expenses that totaled $199.99 — a penny less than presenting a receipt, according to federal regulations. The various expenses were documented as coming from hotels and Target, among others.
Santos’ team said it was a database error and changes have been filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), but the federal website has not updated the filings.
A former FEC chairman, Ann Ravel, told the New York Post she “doesn’t believe it.”
“There are too many expenses for the $199 submitted,” she said. “If they had provided a change file to the FEC to change it, and if the FEC agrees it was a database error, the FEC would have already changed the website.”
Last week, New York State Attorney General Letitia James said she was investigating Santos, but did not specify the focus.
He is scheduled to be sworn in on January 3, when the U.S. House reconvenes.