Embattled New York Republican Consultant George Santos was referred to as out for complaining about crimes that he’s additionally accused of committing.
Elected to symbolize New York’s third Congressional District final yr, Santos’s time in workplace has been marked by waves of controversy over wide-ranging allegations of dishonesty and wrongdoing. Among the many many allegations leveled towards him, Santos has been accused of mendacity about his educational and employment histories, mendacity about his mom’s loss of life, falsely claiming to be Jewish, falsely claiming to be descended from individuals who fled the Holocaust and stealing cash raised for a veteran’s service canine.
Whereas the freshman congressman has dismissed among the allegations, he has admitted to fabricating sure elements of his background. However Santos has refused to resign from workplace, regardless of being referred to as to take action by many colleagues, together with a few of his fellow Republicans. The GOP lawmaker can also be now below federal indictment for 13 fees associated to marketing campaign finance irregularities, together with wire fraud and theft of public funds. He has pleaded not responsible to all counts.
On Sunday, the Patriot Takes Twitter account, run by a gaggle centered on “monitoring and exposing right-wing extremism,” shared a clip of Santos complaining concerning the sorts of crimes being dedicated in his congressional district. Among the many crimes he listed was “the theft of good clothes,” which he’s additionally accused of doing by a former roommate.
“George Santos, who’s below indictment for 13 federal fees and who allegedly took a Burberry scarf, shirts, and Ikea dresser from his roommates, complained about prison exercise in his district together with the theft of good clothes,” the Patriot Takes account wrote.
Within the clip, Santos discusses current traits in crime, saying that criminals who go to New York Metropolis additionally goal the prosperous north shore of Lengthy Island, which the congressman’s district, the wealthiest within the state, consists of.
“They burglarize your houses, they steal your vehicles, they maintain you at gunpoint, they empty…your closets,” Santos mentioned. “Are you aware what number of occasions I see that constituent’s closets have been empty, trigger they took their purses, their jewellery? I imply, these usually are not widespread thieves, they’ve an eye fixed for good issues. It is superb.”
After tales started to emerge detailing Santos’s alleged transgressions, Gregory Morey-Parker, a former housemate of his, got here ahead and claimed that the congressman had stolen a Burberry scarf that he had lately been gifted in early 2021. Morey-Parker claimed to be “100%” sure that Santos had taken the headband and worn it to present a speech in Washington, D.C., on January 5, 2021, the place he spoke in assist of Donald Trump’s false claims of mass voter fraud.
Equally, Santos’ ex-boyfriend Pedro Vilarva alleged earlier this yr in an interview with The New York Occasions that the Republican stole from him whereas they lived collectively in 2015 previous to his involvement in politics. He accused Santos of stealing his telephone, and mentioned that he by no means noticed his ex-boyfriend go to work.
“He used to say he would get cash from CitiGroup, he was an investor,” Vilarva mentioned. “In the future it is one factor, at some point it is one other factor. He by no means ever really went to work… I’d be scared to have somebody like that in cost — having a lot energy in his palms.”
Newsweek reached out to Santos’s workplace through e mail for remark.