Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) told embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) he shouldn’t have attended the State of the Union address, much less positioned himself near the center of the House aisle to shake hands, slamming the New York Republican as “an embarrassment.”
Romney appeared to have a heated encounter with the disgraced freshman lawmaker as he walked down the aisle to take his seat for Biden’s address.
“I don’t know the exact words I said. He shouldn’t have been there. Look, he’s a sick puppy. He shouldn’t have been there,” Romney told reporters after the speech.
“I don’t think he ought to be in Congress and he certainly shouldn’t be in the aisle trying to shake the hand of the president of the United States and dignitaries coming in. It’s an embarrassment,” he added.
“He says that he embellished his record. Look, embellishing is saying you get an A when you get an A-minus. Lying is saying you graduated from a college you didn’t even attend,” Romney said, knocking down Santos’s attempt to characterize his conduct.
“He shouldn’t be in Congress and they’re going to go through the process and hopefully get him out,” he added. “If he had any shame at all, he wouldn’t be there.”
Santos claimed he graduated from Baruch College and described himself as a star on the school’s volleyball team but school officials have no record of him attending the institution and former team members don’t remember ever playing with him.
The congressman later told The New York Post he was guilty of “embellishing my résumé.”
Romney said he didn’t hear Santos’s reply during their exchange but Santos later punched back on Twitter.
Hey @MittRomney just a reminder that you will NEVER be PRESIDENT! https://t.co/ANxiQPxAua
— George Santos (@Santos4Congress) February 8, 2023
Romney said he didn’t intend to confront Santos but couldn’t avoid him.
“He was standing right there in the aisle shaking hands with everybody,” he said.
Asked if he was disappointed that Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has yet to call on Santos to resign, Romney responded: “Yes.”
— Emily Brooks contributed.
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Senator Mitt Romney —- “If he had any shame at all, he wouldn’t be there.” either
Mitt needs to retire also.
Gee a liar, calling out another liar.. Takes one to know one Mitt..
Given a choice, I would rather have Santos in Congress than the pompas a** that’s Mitt Romney in the Senate. At least Santos will be a reliable Republican vote.
Mitt Romney is a self-serving, unethical, RINO, a treasonous Democrat pretending to be a Republican.
He has no honor or credibility.
I’d rather a TRUTFUL conservative. BUT lacking that, AS LONG as santos votes straight R, i am good with him.
When Mitt shined on Ben Ghazi while it was going down, I voted for an independent. There’s Hanoi John, Hanoi Jane, and now, Ben Ghazi Mitt. He shouldn’t be where he is or allowed to open his treacherous mouth.
Romney had the opportunity to confront a politician who had published a fake biography when he ran for president. Romney folded and failed. Now he goes for low hanging fruit on camera when it is gratuitous and meaningless. Romney’s preference is for media approval over shade.
More like media butt kissing, than actual work.
That’s the pot calling the kettle black. (If I can still say that)
Romney should do some housecleaning in the Senate instead of trying to run the House. Imagine coming over to the House to pick a fight with someone over something that is none of his business. Romney should have been kicked out before Santos.
It’s not easy to get rid of Santos. He was legally elected by voters who didn’t have enough sense to check his character. Now they are stuck with him and they may be stuck with him for 2 years. Let it be a lesson to them. There may be a way to get him out with the ethics committee but I don’t know that for sure.
Given a choice I’d choose Santos rather than the smarmy, creepy, dishonest RINO Romney.