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Political fiction by George Santos, the indefatigable legend of Congress

There will definitely be a movie. or a series. Actors will struggle to portray George Santos. We salute the polymorphism of the chosen artist. Rewards are predicted for him. But it is too late to consider this epic on screen. The Fate of New York’s Elected Official (3e district) suspended above the vacuum in real life — an adjective that doesn’t fit his trajectory — took him to the House of Representatives in November 2022.

For now, the Speaker Republican Kevin McCarthy, eager to preserve his narrow majority, said he would stick to the will of the voters and Mr. There were no calls for Santos’ resignation.. Elected as the head of the chamber in the fifteenth round of voting, in early January, he acknowledged his presence “There were always questions.” In the latter case, who should win? “faith” His peers. Will interested parties have time?

Never before had a man in this room lied so much about almost everything. Never before has a candidate created such pathetic and vile nonsense scaffolding about his looks, his family, his personal life, his career, his commitments. After a first defeat in 2020, the construction is solid enough to successfully pass the test of the election campaign. But now it makes him a prey to journalists, hounded in the corridors of the Capitol, mocked by television anchors, and infuriating him. own peers.

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Almost every day, an American media outlet tears a page from the Santos fiction, finds a damning witness, and publishes a photo or document. The head spins, fainting prevails. We don’t know who to trust anymore: the penal code, an elected official’s ethics manual, or a great psychoanalyst’s couch, broken into mythology.

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Post-election jubilation

On November 19, 2022, Jorge Santos takes the stage set up in a luxury hotel in Las Vegas (Nevada). He was one of the secondary speakers at a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, an influential organization of Republican Jews. Eleven days earlier, newly elected in a midterm election, he was speaking ahead of a video intervention by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a visit by new Republican star Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. He has five minutes.

“Shabbat Shalom everyone! » The newly elected man talks about his immigrant parents. “We are no strangers to persecution” He mentions the fate of his grandfather, who fled Ukraine in the 1920s and sought refuge in Belgium, then Brazil. Jorge Santos vows to fight anti-Semitism in Congress, defend Israel and get tough on Iran. “I’m Living the American Dream”, the then 34-year-old said with a wry smile. It was his last moment of post-election happiness.

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