- A Ground Zero worker called on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to take action against Rep. George Santos.
- The documents indicate that Santos’ claim that his mother was present on 9/11 is false.
- The New York Republican has been caught in a web of lies about his career and background.
A construction worker who lost a foot while working at Ground Zero called out George Santos for lying about his mother being on 9/11 and demanded that he be punished.
The worker, John Feal, called on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to take action against Santos over the claim, one of a series of falsehoods that have been exposed since Santos took office.
Feal, an advocate for 9/11 first responders, said Santos’ lies reopened wounds that were still open for many like him.
“Every time you think the scab is going to heal, this man, his face, his words, his actions, cause … more pain,” Feal told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
“He is an example of what is wrong in Congress, and he is an example of what is wrong in mainstream America.”
—Catherine Catalane (@CCCatalane) January 20, 2023
Feal said McCarthy should “be a man” and take action against Santos.
“Kevin McCarthy can easily fix this,” he said. “He can fix this. And if Kevin, if you’re watching and listening, be a man. Be a man. Show the leadership you were voted for and do the right thing. This man is leaving a trail.” pain behind him, and no one is doing anything about it.
Insider has reached out to representatives for Santos for comment.
Santos has been embroiled in scandal since he was elected last November after a series of claims he made about his career, education and background were exposed as fabrications.
He had initially claimed on Twitter in 2021 that his mother died as a result of the World Trade Center attacks in New York City.
—George Santos (@Santos4Congress) July 13, 2021
“She was in the south tower and she made it out. She was trapped in the ash cloud. My mother fought cancer until her death,” Santos said in a 2021 radio interview.
But immigration documents obtained by news organizations this week showed that Santos’s mother told US authorities in 2003 that she had been in Brazil since 1999.
She also filed documents in Brazil months before the attacks saying her green card had been stolen.
Santos also claimed that her mother was a financial executive on her website, but in government documents she mentioned her trade as a housekeeper.
Santos faces growing calls to resign from Congress. He also faces an investigation by federal authorities over his financial affairs and by authorities in Brazil over allegations that he used a stolen checkbook.
McCarthy has said Santos has the right to serve in Congress and has given him committee assignments.