House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday did not push for Rep. George Santos’s (R-N.Y.) resignation over the lies he concocted during his campaign.
McCarthy when talking with reporters said that in general he always tried to follow the Constitution. He added that if voters continued to want him to serve then, Santos would be allowed to continue serving. Furthermore, he added that in regard to the fabrications regarding his personal life, academic and professional careers, and even religion he might need to go through Ethics.
McCarthy has not previously made any statements regarding Santos. Previously, McCarthy had also said that Santos was not the only person to have fabricated some parts of his resume. He added that this was something that a lot of people had done both in the Senate and outside it.
However, Santos’ lies may extend a lot further than simply embellishing the truth. So far, it has become apparent that Santos lied about his college experience and possibly going to college as well as about having worked in some major financial institutions. Other lies included saying that he had employees who were killed during the Pulse nightclub shooting, and even lying about having a Jewish heritage.
Despite all of this, McCarthy has said that for now, Santos would serve and that in two years’ time, he would be made to answer to voters for all of the decisions that he made. He has these two years to rebuild trust and support.