George Santos Slams Mitt Romney’s Mormon Beliefs

( Two Republican congressmen had some words at President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and one of them just hurled some off-handed insults at the other.

Utah Senator Mitt Romney – a failed presidential candidate and frequent critic of former President Donald Trump – told embattled Representative George Santos that “you don’t belong here” when he saw him in the House chamber for the SOTU address. Romney also reportedly called Santos some ugly names.

That led Santos to respond on Wednesday, and he suggested that Romney was condescending and an elitist who acted in a way on Tuesday night that should be unbecoming for a man who consistently touts how religious he is.

Reporters cornered Santos a day after the incident between he and Romney took place, seeking for him to make a comment about the exchange that quickly went viral. He responded to CNN by saying:

“It’s not the first time in history I’ve been told to shut up and go to the back of the room, especially by people who come from a privileged background.

“And it’s not going to be the last, and I’m never going to shut up and go to the back of the room, and I think it’s reprehensible that the senator would say such a thing to me in the demeaning way he said it. It wasn’t very Mormon of him, that’s what I can tell you.”

Santos is only a few weeks into his tenure in Congress after being elected by voters in his district in New York, and he’s already facing some serious allegations. He has already admitted to lying about a large chunk of his resume and background, and he’s also facing potential inquiries into fundraising and campaign financing.

Santos is currently facing an ethics probe in the House, too, over the fact that he fabricated his life story.

When all of this came to light, many politicians from both sides of the political aisle began to call for him to resign from his post in Congress. He has refused to do so thus far, saying on multiple occasions that the people of his district chose him to represent them in Washington.

Republican leaders in the House, including Speaker Kevin McCarthy, have refused to call for him to resign and also have said they wouldn’t do anything to work to remove him from his position, either. In fact, the House GOP even gave Santos some committee assignments – which he eventually turned down due to the distraction that his whole situation is causing.

Romney apparently shares the feelings of many of the people who have called for Santos to resign. The day after his run-in with Santos at the SOTU, Romney explained what happened from his perspective, saying of Santos:

“I didn’t expect that he’d be standing there trying to shake hands with every senator and the president of the United States. Given the fact that he’s under an ethics investigation, he should be sitting in the back row and staying quiet instead of parading in front of the president and people coming into the room.”