Charged Lawmaker Claims He’s Like Rosa Parks

( – Rep. George Santos (R-NY) has only been in office for seven short months, but he’s been at the center of several scandals. Not only did the congressman repeatedly lie to his constituents about personal details, but the Department of Justice has charged him for allegedly committing federal offenses. Recently, he compared himself to a civil rights hero.

Santos recently appeared on Mike Crispi’s “Unafraid” podcast, discussing his current circumstances. He told the host that if someone is going to go after him, he will hit right back. He said if someone calls him a “liar,” he will call them a “sellout.” The congressman then discussed what happened at the State of the Union Address when Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) told him that he shouldn’t have been sitting along the aisle, shaking the hands of people who were walking into the joint session.

The embattled representative said that Romney walked into the State of the Union Address while wearing a pin for Ukraine, then told him, “a Latino gay man,” that he should have been “in the back.” Santos went on, saying, “Rosa Parks didn’t sit in the back,” and he wasn’t going to either.

Rosa Parks is credited with helping to kick off the civil rights movement by not moving to the back of the bus so a white person could sit near the front in Montgomery, Alabama.

Rhea McCauley, Parks’ niece, told TMZ that she thought the congressman’s comparison was “inappropriate.” She said the situations were not the same and that other family members were upset about it, too. McCauley also made it clear she believes Santos owes her family an apology.

During his congressional campaign, the representative lied and said he was Jewish. When confronted about his Catholic faith, Santos claimed he said he was “Jew-ish” because he was related to Jews. He also claimed his mom was in one of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, but she was not even in the city. He’s also been confronted about fabricating other things, like his work history.

The congressman was indicted on 13 charges in May, including theft of public funds, money laundering, wire fraud, and lying to Congress.

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