Protestors demand George Santos’ resignation hours after being sworn in
Santos, who won the 2022 midterm elections, has become widely criticized after he lied about his education and work experience on his resume, and fabricated his life story
January 9, 2023 5:47am
Updated: January 9, 2023 5:47am
Protestors in Queens demanded the resignation of Representative George Santos on Saturday, hours after he was sworn into Congress.
The rally took place in Douglass, Queens, outside the old campaign office of former Congressman Tom Suozzi, whom Santos is replacing. More than 100 protestors could be heard saying “lock him up!” and “We deserve better!”
Santos, who won the 2022 midterm elections, has become widely criticized after he lied about his education and work experience on his resume, and fabricated his life story.
“I think it’s really in the best interest of the Republicans to force him to resign. It might be embarrassing in the short term but in two years they will have a candidate,” said rally attendee Tom Kearney, who lives in the district.
“When George Santos was elected, early on, I had every intention of trying to work with him,” said Assemblymember Ed Braunstein. “I told him, we’re from different parties, but let’s work together for the common good of our constituents. But that was before we found out that he was a pathological liar. That was before he became a national laughingstock. Right now, there’s no way I can work with this guy.”
“My only focus and my only agenda is building a bipartisan coalition to remove George Santos from office. He is a fraud and a danger to both our country and the citizens for our congressional district — if his name is actually George Santos,” Robert Zimmerman, Santo’s Democratic challenger in the midterm elections, told The New York Post.
Santos, 34, was officially sworn in as a member of Congress on Saturday morning. His district represents a small fraction of Queens and parts of Long Island.
Many newly-sworn lawmakers have condemned Santos’ false statements and at least one incoming member of the GOP has called for an investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Santos, however, said that he intends to serve his full term in Congress.