New York Congressman George Santos made a comparison between him and Civil Rights leader Rosa Parks earlier this week, according to Mediaite. His comment came during an interview on “Mike Crispi Unafraid.” The controversial politician was speaking about the opposition he faces from people like Utah Senator Mitt Romney.
Santos recalled how Romney appeared at the State of the Union wearing a Ukraine lapel pill, suggesting that the failed 2012 presidential candidate is a sellout. He said that as a Latino gay man, people like Romney expect him to sit in the back like Rosa Parks, but claimed that he is not going to do that.
Santos has faced ire from other Republican politicians and GOP voters after it came out that much of what he campaigned on were lies. He reportedly lied about his heritage and educational background. Now, he is going against the wishes of Republican leadership to run for reelection.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, however, told Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade that they are going to give his seat to another Republican. Romney has also sparred with Santos, calling him an “ass,” and saying that he “does not belong here.” Romney continued to suggest that Santos should be sitting in the back of Congress.
In May, a 13-count indictment against the freshman representative has been unsealed by the Department of Justice. The indictment includes seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of making false statements to the House.
U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said that the charges are to hold Santos accountable for his misrepresentations. One of the claims against him is that he illegally applied for unemployment benefits and collected more than $24,000 while holding down a job at a Florida investment firm with a salary of $120,000 a year.