MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday aired an exclusive video of serial liar Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) claiming to have been the subject of an assassination plot and the victim of a mugging on Fifth Avenue in New York.
“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 then-congressman-elect told the Brazilian podcast “Radio Novelo Apresenta” in December.
Santos alleged his Florida home was vandalized in January 2021 “because we were at a Republican party” to celebrate the new year.
And he said two white men mugged him “in broad daylight” on Fifth Avenue in the summer of 2021, stealing his shoes, watch and briefcase.
“That wasn’t the worst of it,” he told the podcast host. “Nobody did anything. Nobody did anything. The fear is real. It’s surreal what we live through here.”
“Surreal is one word for it,” Maddow said after showing the footage.
After Santos won his congressional seat in the 2022 midterms, it emerged that he had fabricated much of his life story.
Santos did not respond to Maddow’s request for comment on the claim, she said. “We have also put in a records request with the NYPD for any police report that matches what Mr. Santos described,” the anchor added.
Watch the video here:
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Maddow shares new video of Republican Rep. George Santos in an interview with a Brazilian media outlet describing being the victim of a mugging and an assassination attempt. pic.twitter.com/EhPYiSNswk
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 24, 2023