An Assassination Attempt, a 5th Avenue Mugging, and 300 Drag Shows a Day: This George Santos Interview Has Everything

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Did George Santos coin the famous phrase about nothing in this world being certain “except death and taxes”? No! Of course not! But at this point in the Santos saga, it would (1) be not at all surprising to learn he had told people he did and (2) be reasonable to amend the phrase to “Nothing is certain except death, taxes, and George Santos lying his ass off about something.”

Today that “something” is actually several somethings, and they come courtesy of an interview Santos did in December with reporter João Batista Jr. and writer-translator Flora Thomson-DeVeaux for Brazil’s Rádio Novelo Apresenta podcast. According to Thomson-DeVeaux, after the interview was conducted, she “let out a little scream of rage” over the many lies Santos clearly tried to get past them, and informed Batista Jr. that there was “no way” they were “giving this guy a platform.” Fast-forward a couple months, and they decided—in light of it being revealed that Santos is a pathological liar—to share it with the world.

In addition to the now well-known lies about his having worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, Santos also told Batista Jr. and Thomson-DeVeaux:

  • That he was so independently wealthy that he would be donating his entire congressional salary to four unnamed NGOs. (When asked about the source of his wealth, he responded: “Indiscreet question. Let’s just say that we live comfortably nowadays.”)
  • That “there are a total of 300 drag shows per day in New York City schools.” (Curiously, his reported participation in at least one drag show did not come up.)
  • That 20,000 New York women had gotten “on-demand” abortions in their third trimester in 2021. (Per Batista Jr., the number of late-term abortions in the state is likely closer to 1,000.)
  • That in the summer of 2021, he walked out of a building on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street and—“at three in the afternoon,” i.e., in broad daylight—was mugged by two men who took his briefcase, watch, and shoes before fleeing the scene without the police or anyone else on the street noticing. (For those unfamiliar with the scene of the alleged crime, Fifth Avenue—and particularly that corner of 55th Street—is one of the busiest spots in New York. As Batista Jr. points out, “every three hours, 27,000 pedestrians cross the block between 54th and 55th St., which is home to the five-star hotel The Peninsula and the luxury jewelers Harry Winston and Breguet. As if that weren’t enough, New York is one of the most heavily surveilled cities in the world: There are 25,500 security cameras watching over squares, streets, and avenues, counting devices set up in public and private spaces.”) Naturally, Santos has yet to provide a requested police report. For those of you keeping up at home, Santos has now claimed to have been mugged on at least two separate occasions, the other one being when he was supposedly robbed in Queens on his way to deliver a check for back rent. And before you ask, no, he has not provided a police report for that incident either (and the NYPD told Gothamist there was “nothing on file”).
  • That he was the target of an “assassination attempt.” Yes, an assassination attempt! Sayeth Santos: “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.” This particular claim, as well as the one about the Fifth Avenue mugging, made Rachel Maddow’s show on Monday night:
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