Behold the Full, Completely Real Resumé of George Santos

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Behold the Completely Real Resumé of George SantosTom Williams - Getty Images

George Santos is a true American archetype: the snake-oil salesman. It's a story as old as this country, though the truth pretty much ends there. I'm just waiting for this guy to announce he's a four-time champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. For his part, the freshman congressman from New York has admitted to "embellishing" some things, though he's also said he's "done nothing unethical," and where-oh-where did he get the idea that completely shameless behavior could be an asset in our politics today? The mystery abounds, just as further mysteries do with regard to the specifics of who George Santos is and where he came from.

His colleagues in the House Republican caucus don't seem too fussed about it, to be fair. When it was put to Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy that Santos has made some claims that have come into question, he responded that "so did a lot of people here in the Senate and others." Newly-formed House GOP star Byron Donalds seemed to spell out the what-about when he floated the name of Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat who did indeed "misspeak" when he said he "served in Vietnam." He seems to have always gone by the name "Richard Blumenthal," though, which as we will see is an important distinction.

A lot of the fuss here seems to be about what committees Santos will sit on, but I hope he sits on them all. He can use a different name for each one. Speaking of which, here's our best approximation of his completely real resumé so far. Which li(n)e is the saddest? That's for you to decide...

Name

You might think this one would be straightforward, but it is not. A lot of people in Santos's life have known him as Anthony Devolder, including his former roommate. A Brazilian drag performer who claims Santos used to be in that scene says she knew him as "Kitara Ravache" and "Anthony," though Santos denies any participation. "The media continues to make outrageous claims about my life while I am working to deliver results," he said, which prompts the question of what results he's working to deliver. Meanwhile, CNN's Andrew Kaczynski reports he's now come across eight names Santos has used over the years:

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Education

Baruch College: no.

New York University Stern School of Business: also no. However, these "embellishments" do suggest he was telling the truth when he bragged on a podcast back in 2020 that he has no student debt.

Athletics

Santos did not merely say he attended Baruch. He said he went on a volleyball scholarship and the team "slayed" Harvard and Yale. He also said he "sacrificed" his knees and had to get them replaced. He is allegedly 34 years old right now. Nassau County Republican Chairman Joseph G. Cairo Jr. has said Santos told him he was a star on the team and they won the league championship. Again, he fully did not attend Baruch College.

Work Experience

Our hero said he worked at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. No. He did reportedly have ties to Harbor City Capital, a Florida firm accused of running a Ponzi scheme, though he denies any knowledge of it and there's no evidence he was involved. His campaign financial disclosures trace his income to "the Devolder Organization." He did not name any clients, and he has also produced no records of the real estate holdings he's said are powering his family fortune.

He also said a company he worked for "lost four employees" at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The New York Times found no evidence to support this claim.

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For Santos, it appears the truth was never enough.The Washington Post - Getty Images

Nonprofit Work

The Times reported the IRS found no record that Santos's animal rescue group, Friends of Pets United, was a tax-exempt organization. It was certainly active, though: A Navy veteran says Santos took $3,000 from his dying dog's GoFundMe, an allegation Santos denies.

Heritage

Santos said his grandparents were Ukrainian Jewish refugees who survived the Holocaust. This was false. The Forward found his grandparents were born in Brazil. He also now says he never claimed to be Jewish, only "Jew-ish."

9/11

Santos said his mother was in the South Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, when it was struck by a passenger jet in the worst terrorist attack in American history. The New York Times reviewed his mother's immigration paperwork, in which she said she hadn't been in the United States between 1999 and 2003. In July 2021, he tweeted that "9/11 claimed my mothers life," though by December of that year he'd tweeted that it was five years since his mother's death, which actually occurred in 2016. He further claimed his mother rose to become "the first female executive at a major financial institution," but the Times reports "she described herself as a housekeeper and home aide" on immigration documents. That's good and honest work, and it would be a wonderful story on its own if her son rose to become a United States congressman, but oh well. The truth was never enough.

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