Congressman George Santos (R-NY) was expelled from the House of Representatives on Friday morning in a 311-114 vote following his stream of corruption charges.
About half of his own party voted him to oust him: 206 Democrats and 105 Republicans voted Yes, while 2 Democrats and 112 Republicans voted No. A total of two members of Congress, both Democrats, opted not to vote.
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson delivered the ruling from the Speaker’s seat at 11:00 AM.
BREAKING: House votes to expel GOP Rep. George Santos. He has left the Capitol for the last time. pic.twitter.com/kHBmIsTAPV
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) December 1, 2023
“To hell with this place,” Santos reportedly said after the vote. He is only the sixth Congressman to be expelled in the history of the United States, and the first to be voted out without having been convicted of a federal crime or supporting secession.
Santos will not be receiving a pension, as he did not serve for the minimum five years to qualify for one. His salary will also immediately be discontinued.
Santos, 35, was elected in Nov. 2022 and has been scrutinized from the beginning for the tall tales he spun about himself. He admitted to making up lies about his biography, from working at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs to having family members with Jewish heritage who fled the holocaust. Most recently, it was revealed that Santos spent thousands of campaign funds on spa treatments, Botox services, OnlyFans, and luxury clothing stores. His criminal corruption charges and campaign violations have finally caught up to him.
However, as Steve Bannon pointed out, despite Santos’ terrible record it is a double standard to allow people like Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to remain in Congress. Menendez has been indicted on extensive corruption charges alleging that he took bribes from foreign businessmen in exchange for political favors. Bannon claimed that the push to out Santos came from the Kevin McCarthy wing of the Republican Party, the former Speaker of the House who was voted out in October.
"George Santos is no day at the beach but if you’re going to put the standards of indictment then why is Bob Menendez still around?" pic.twitter.com/Wy3EXN7oLo
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) December 1, 2023
Democratic Senator John Fetterman (PA) made the same point on “The View.” Menendez, whom Fetterman characterized as much more “sinister,” who “is really a Senator from Egypt, not New Jersey.”
Fetterman: "We have a colleague in the Senate that's actually done much more sinister kinds of things. He needs to go. If you are going to expel Santos, how can you allow Menendez to remain in the Senate? Menendez is really a Senator for Egypt, not New Jersey." pic.twitter.com/OdWTznfnmL
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) December 1, 2023