George Santos: 'I was with Jussie Smollett that night and also attacked'
WASHINGTON (The Egg) — Republican Rep.-elect George Santos of New York claimed Wednesday that he was with Jussie Smollett on the night of his alleged attack in January 2019, and was inspired to run for office to unify the country after facing political violence.
“I was with Jussie Smollett that night and also attacked,” Santos said to a crowd of reporters in the Capitol building. “Jussie was telling the truth. It’s disgusting the way victims of hate and violence are being treated in this country.”
Santos, who is the subject of multiple investigations and accused of lying about the majority of his resume, said he was disappointed by his cold reception in Washington as a victim of what he later called “political persecution.”
On the House floor, Santos was seen talking with other Republican members about a potential run for House speaker after Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., failed to get the votes in multiple rounds of voting.
“I know what it takes to win a tough election,” Santos told his fellow Republicans. “When Jussie and I were actors on the hit TV show “Empire,” and later attacked, I knew I had to run for office to end the divisiveness and lying that’s turning people against each other.”
Santos later went on to miss all of his first votes in the House, and when the clerk called his name several times, he replied: “Who’s George?”
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