Not the Representative we Wanted, but the Comedian we Needed


courtesy of the AP

Rep. Santos leaves Capitol Hill on Jan. 11, 2023.

Natalie Becker, Opinion editor

You hear stories in the news about congressmen lying about a particular aspect of their life, whether it be where they’re from, their home life or their average day. They do it to seem more relatable.

Rep. George Santos takes it one step further and lies about everything.

Many memes have sprung up because of Santos’s fibbing. “Saturday Night Live” went so far as to have two skits centered around Santos, with Bowen Yang portraying him.

This begs the question: why is Santos lying to begin with? The answer comes down to relevancy of topics.

My favorite Santos moment was when a drag queen from Brazil revealed she used to work with Santos. Santos denied the statement, but videos and pictures were provided from the drag queen that was, without a doubt, Santos in full drag.

I don’t know why Santos would lie about this. He’s an openly gay representative. I would’ve thought he’d be proud to show his true colors. 

Then I remembered: he’s a Republican. His political party is not fond of LGBTQ culture and drag queens. I wouldn’t doubt he denied the drag queen claims because he wanted to earn the Republican vote in New York.

But wanting to fit in with the conservative crowd is hard when you introduce yourself at a 2019 Trump rally as “Anthony Devolder.”

Yeah, that’s right. George Santos might not even be his real name. 

According to the Huffington Post, Santos has gone by “Anthony Santos,” “Anthony Zabrovsky,” “George Devolder, “George Anthony Santos-Devolder” and many others. Who knows what his actual name is?

Did he use one of these fake names to get into Baruch College or New York University? No, because he didn’t even attend college.

In an interview with the New York Post, Santos admitted he “didn’t graduate from a higher institute of learning.” 

Riddle me this: how is he a representative of New York with no college degree?

Yes, the US Constitution says the education level of a representative does not matter, but it does make people sound smarter when they know what they’re talking about.

Santos is not the first person to lie about their college education and he probably won’t be the last. 

When reflecting on Santos’s extensive “career,” I almost feel a sense of laughter and hilarity.

Every time I learn something new about Santos, I laugh at the fact that this is a real person lying about his life. 

There’s many things he’s lied about that I haven’t mentioned. They’re even worse than the ones in this article.

But I love watching people theorizing about Santos and his wacky stories. That’s a good part of the Internet.

Bowen Yang said it best as Santos on “SNL,” “I’m a team player, and the game is ‘lying.’”