Rep. George Santos: 10 Of The Most Bizarre Lies And Outlandish Half Truths Told So Far

The man who represents New York’s Third Congressional District has become less of a lawmaker and more of a national joke.

New York Republican Congressman George Santos represents the state’s Third Congressional District. However, according to a recent Sienna College poll, the majority of voters in New York believe he should resign from office. Santos has admitted to telling a monsoon of lies and half-truths to get the job which has been jaw-dropping even within the prickly walls of politics. He has vowed to remain in office for the entire two years of his tenure, but House Democrats want him out pronto. Until that happens, they want his access to classified information minimalized. While it’s hard to keep track of all of the many “embellishments” told by Santos, here are 10 of his most flagrant offenses.

Who is Kitara Ravache?

The latest story broke last week that Santos dressed as a drag queen in Brazil and went by the name Kitara Ravache. Eula Rochard, a 58-year-old Brazilian drag performer, told Reuters that they first met Santos in 2005 at a gay pride parade in Niteroi, a Rio de Janeiro suburb. "He's changed a lot, but he was always a liar. He was always such a dreamer," Rochard told the outlet. Santos originally denied the drag queen accusations, tweeting, “The most recent obsession from the media claiming that I am a drag Queen or ‘performed’ as a drag Queen is categorically false.” A few days later, Santos seemingly retracted his statement saying, "I was young and I had fun at a festival. Sue me for having a life.”

Is He Really Half Black?

In a tweet lifted from July 2020, Santos appeared to be complaining about “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which has been the Black National Anthem since 1919. In the tweet, he referred to himself as biracial, attempting to justify why he believed the anthem was an example of “segregation.”

#MLK did not die for us to go back to segregation. As a biracial person I stand tall against segregation of any kind. This so called ‘black anthem’ is the most divisive thing I’ve ever seen. We are all #Americans under one flag and our anthem is the #StarSpangledBanner!” Again, Santos seemed unaware that the Black National Anthem was nothing new, but the awkward tweet didn’t stop there.

A user questioned exactly “how” Santos identified as biracial, and in a response that has not yet been deleted, Santos tweeted, “Caucasian and black.”

Was He An Up-And-Coming Actor?

A Wikipedia page created by someone with the username Anthony Devolder, which is the name Santos was going by in certain circles in 2019, alleges that he appeared in the Disney TV series Hannah Montana and the film The Invasion starring alongside "Uma Turman." The Invasion actually starred Nicole Kidman, not Thurman. Politico described the page, last edited in 2011, as “riddled with typos and misspellings.” The Wikipedia page has since been removed.

Did Someone Really Try To Kill Him?

In December 2022, Santos appeared on a Brazilian podcast and claimed he had been the victim of an attempted assassination in January 2021. In the video, obtained by MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Santos said, “We have already suffered an attempt on my life, an assassination attempt, a threatening letter, having to have the police, a police escort standing in front of our house.” The fabricated stories didn’t stop there. Santos went on to say his Florida home had been vandalized because he’s a member of the Republican Party. He even claimed that he was once robbed of his shoes, briefcase, and watch in the middle of the afternoon on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Can You Be A Little 'Jew-ish'?

Santos repeatedly publicly professed to be of Ukrainian and Jewish heritage. In interviews, he said his Jewish grandparents fled the Holocaust. After reports surfaced that he wasn’t either Ukrainian nor Jewish, Santos told Fox News that he wasn’t Jewish, but instead “Jew-ish.” The truth is that his grandparents were born and raised in Brazil and never fled persecution by escaping the Holocaust.

“I've always joked with friends in circles, even in the campaign, I'd say, ‘guys, I'm Jew-ish.' Remember I was raised Catholic,” Santos said during an appearance on Tucker News Tonight. “I'm not a fraud, I'm not a fake, I didn't materialize from thin air.”

Who Lies About Their Mama?

Santos alleged his mother died due to an illness after surviving the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He claimed in a tweet, posted on July 2021, that his mother was in the South Tower when it was struck, but there is evidence that his mother was living in Brazil at the time, according to immigration records. At one point, he even said the 9/11 terrorist attack “claimed my mothers [sic] life.” However, his mother died in 2016 contradicting these statements.

He also claimed that his mother was “the first female executive at a major financial institution,” but on immigration documents, Santos’ mother said she was a housekeeper and home aide, according to The New York Times. It’s still unclear when his mother passed away.

Is He Still A Wanted Man?

Santos was wanted by Brazilian police for allegedly writing bad checks in 2008. Brazilian authorities said they stopped the investigation because they were unable to find him after searching for nearly 10 years, but recently stated they are willing to revive the fraud case. Santos' ex-boyfriend from 2015, Pedro Vilarva, backed up the accusation. Vilarva said he ended the relationship when he found out Santos was wanted by Brazilian police.

Is He Part of the LGBTQ+ Community?

While Santos first received media attention for being the first, openly-gay, Republican politician of color to be elected to Congress, there are still questions about his sexuality. Santos said he has been openly gay for 10 years, but there is proof that he has only been divorced from his wife since 2019. The Daily Beast reports in 2014 he was planning an engagement party with Vilarva, the boyfriend who claims Santos kept his marriage a secret.

Is His Money Funny?

There are unanswered questions about how Santos went from making $55,000 a year in 2020 to earning between $3.5 million and $11.5 million in 2021 and 2022. In addition to these questions, one of George Santos’ staffers reportedly went around claiming to be Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s chief of staff when making campaign fundraising calls to wealthy Republican donors. There are also ongoing questions about his campaign finances, which are currently being investigated by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, the district attorney's office in Nassau, Long Island, and the state attorney general’s office who are “looking into” his business dealings.

Harpo, Who Is This Man?

What’s in a name, well if you’re Santos, it’s a bunch of different variations based on whatever you need at the time. The public knows him as George Santos, but he has also gone by Kitara Ravache and Anthony Devolder, which is reportedly his mother’s maiden name. In a December 2022 Brazilian podcast, he was introduced as George Santos-Devolder. Political consultant Stuart Stevens told The Guardian, “Nobody even knows who this guy is. We literally don’t know his real name.”

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