Kevin McCarthy Strikes Back at Mitt Romney

Kevin McCarthy Strikes Back at Mitt Romney

( – Freshman Rep. George Santos (R-NY) has caused quite a bit of drama in the short period of time he has been in Congress. That extended to the February 7 State of the Union Address when he and Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) had a verbal altercation before the event. Afterward, the senator spoke out against Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who was not amused by the remarks.

On February 7, Santos sat in an aisle seat and attempted to shake the hands of all of the senators who entered the House chamber. That annoyed Romney, who confronted the freshman lawmaker. After the State of the Union, POLITICO reported the senator spoke to reporters, telling them that he believed Santos should have sat in the back row and remained quiet.

Romney also responded to a question asking him if he was disappointed that McCarthy had not called for Santos’ resignation. Romney responded, “Yes.” The next day, on February 8, Manu Raju asked the speaker about the senator’s remarks. McCarthy responded, “Romney should be disappointed that [Democratic Rep. Eric] Swalwell hasn’t resigned.”

While McCarthy doesn’t agree with Romney, plenty of other Republicans do. Conservatives in Long Island, New York, have called on Santos to resign from office over the multiple lies he has told. Rep. Nick Lalota (R-NY) told CNN that he thinks the new congressman is a “sociopath” and said he shouldn’t be in Congress.

NBC News reported Santos told Newsmax he spoke to Senator Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) at the event, saying she told him to “hang in there, buddy.” However, Sinema’s spokesperson Hannah Hurley said his remarks were “a lie.” She claimed the Arizona senator never spoke to the congressman.

Santos has been caught lying about his education, his mom’s presence in the World Trade Center on 9/11, his work history, and even his ancestry. He is currently under ethics investigations.

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