The GOP’s George Santos Dilemma

Rep. George Santos walks through the U.S. Capitol. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Some of his colleagues believe he’s a national security threat. Others say he should step down. But none of them are quite sure of who, exactly, he is.

Rep. George Santos’ first two weeks in Congress were exactly what a freshman member wouldn’t want them to be: Six House Republicans from New York, along with local Republican officials, called on Santos to resign. 

But it was an outcome of his own making. The New York Republican lied about his work history, family origins, college career, an animal charity, and his finances, among other items on his resume. The extent of the falsehoods is stunning, and it has other members rushing to distance themselves.

“I don’t think there’s any way he can possibly perform his duties, and the man’s got to be honest with himself and his constituents, Rep. Marc Molinaro, one of those New York Republicans, told reporters Thursday.

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