Freshman Congressman George Santos was confronted by Mitt Romney, the anti-Trump Republican senator from Utah, on Tuesday as the embattled representative arrived in the House chamber for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address.
Cameras watching the controversial New York lawmaker, who is buried at the centre of countless scandals resulting from a long list of lies he has admitted to or been caught telling about his life and history, caught the Utah senator delivering a quick but scathing remark to his House colleague just a few minutes before Mr Biden’s speech began.
“You ought to be embarrassed”, it appears that Mr Romney says to his fellow Republican in the moment. Mr Romeny also told Mr Santos that he doesn’t belong in Congress, according to multiple reports after the exchange.
The two had a quick exchange of words, and Mr Santos was seen making a remark to the back of the departing senator.
ABC’s Ben Siegel then reported that Mr Santos was seen quipping “what an a******” to another member nearby.
Looks like it was Romney who said something to Santos - who was caught on camera saying "what an asshole" after he walked by. https://t.co/4SbkcBJU4t
— Ben Siegel (@bensiegel) February 8, 2023
It wasn’t initially clear if he heard the remark, but Mr Romney’s fellow Republican senator, Tim Scott, was seen making a surprised exporession a moment later as the two separated.
Mr Romney is far from Mr Santos’s only Republican critic. A handful of his colleagues in the House, Nancy Mace and Anthony D’Esposito included, have called for his resignation. But House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has declined to say that Mr Santos should face any kind of punishment for deceiving voters about many aspects of his life.
The controversial congressman’s name was trending on Twitter shortly after the incident, mirroring the headlines he has grabbed nearly every day since the first of his lies were uncovered by New York media outlets.