U.S. Rep. George Santos blasted Sen. Mitt Romney after the two Republicans exchanged tense words at Tuesday’s State of the Union address, suggesting that he was a condescending elitist snob whose uncouth behavior was unbecoming of a man who has often touted his devout religious beliefs.
The embattled New Yorker, who is facing a House ethics probe as well as the wrath of his constituents for fabrications of his life story during his congressional campaign, went on record after the confrontation with Romney which conveniently took place in front of media cameras with the failed presidential candidate telling him “you don’t belong here” and reportedly calling him an “a**,” a profane characterization of a colleague that should be beneath the dignity of a man who specializes in oozing holier-than-thou sanctimony.
On Wednesday, Santos was cornered by reporters seeking his comments on the viral exchange with Romney and in his less than contrite, if not openly defiant, response gave CNN an answer that they may not have been expecting.
“It’s not the first time in history I’ve been told to shut up and go to the back of the room,” Santos said of the wealthy Romney. “Especially by people who come from a privileged background.”
“And it’s not gonna be that last, and I’m never gonna shut up and go to the back of the room, and I think it’s reprehensible that the senator would say such a thing to me in the demeaning way he said,” he added. “It wasn’t very Mormon of him, that’s what I can tell you.”
Romney’s opportunistic spat with Santos provided fuel for a media that has been clamoring for his resignation from Congress which would result in a special election being held that could potentially be won by a Democrat, whittling down an already razor-thin House GOP majority and setting a precedent that would almost certainly be used by the ruthless opposition party to pick off other Republican lawmakers.
“You don’t belong here,” Romney reportedly told the controversial lawmaker.
“You ought to be embarrassed,” he added during the brief verbal scuffle that grabbed headlines, capping it off with the vulgar term to which Santos reportedly responded, “You’re a bigger one,” according to Fox News.
Romney – who also called Santos a “sick puppy” – proudly confirmed to the press that he told the congressman that he didn’t belong there.
“I didn’t expect that he’d be standing there trying to shake hands with every senator and the president of the United States. Given the fact that he’s under an ethics investigation, he should be sitting in the back row and staying quiet instead of parading in front of the president and people coming into the room,” said the former governor of ultra-liberal Massachusetts.
Santos also jabbed “Pierre Delecto” on Twitter after the SOTU altercation, rubbing his face in the festering wound of his loss to Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election that was his for the taking.
Hey @MittRomney just a reminder that you will NEVER be PRESIDENT! https://t.co/ANxiQPxAua
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) February 8, 2023
“Hey @MittRomney just a reminder that you will NEVER be PRESIDENT!” Santos tweeted on Tuesday night.
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