Fabulist Santos Now Claims He Was Targeted For Assassination

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 05: U.S. Rep.-elect George Santos (R-NY) (L) talks to Rep.-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) in the House Chamber during the third day of elections for Speaker of the House at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 05, 2023 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is meeting to vote for the next Speaker after House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) failed to earn more than 218 votes on several ballots; the first time in 100 years that the Speaker was not elected on the first ballot. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • US Rep. George Santos has claimed that he was the target of an assassination attempt, after facing calls to resign from fellow New York Republicans over his fantastic lies about his life history.
  • Santos made the assassination claim in an interview with a Brazilian podcast last month, in which he also claimed he was mugged on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue by assailants who stole his shoes.
  • ‘In the summer of 2021, in the middle of Fifth Avenue at 55th (Street), I was mugged by two men,’ Santos told the Rádio Novelo podcast in Portuguese, according to a video of the interview published by MSNBC on Monday.

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