Politicians lie all of the time. If lying your way to office were illegal, then Joe Biden would be in jail.
As voters cast their ballots in the 2020 presidential election, former Vice President Biden sought to dismiss evidence of his family’s global influence-peddling scheme as Russian disinformation. Days before the second and final presidential debate, an abandoned Delaware laptop surfaced, implicating now-President Biden in his son’s potentially criminal overseas business activities. When pressed over the scandal on the prime-time debate stage by President Donald Trump, Biden told the nation that allegations from the laptop stemmed from a campaign of Kremlin interference.
Biden’s campaign even apparently convinced dozens of former intelligence officials to pen a letter to Politico informing the public the laptop was planted by Moscow. The Democrats’ claims came despite the FBI, the Department of Justice, then-Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, and then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo debunking the laptop’s connection to Russia.
But on Tuesday, freshman Republican Rep. George Santos joined Biden’s chief political opponent to face charges in a New York courtroom. Santos pled not guilty to a 13-count indictment from the Department of Justice, the same department simultaneously slow-walking investigations into Biden family business practices after agents worked to suppress the laptop story. The Republican’s arrest also just so happened to take place on the same day House GOP Oversight Chairman James Comer of Kentucky gave a press conference presenting blockbuster evidence of presidential corruption.
Even after his election, the president hasn’t stopped lying. From weird tales of Amtrak to black church membership, The Federalist has been chronicling Biden’s made-up stories since inauguration day, which can be found here, here, and here.
Santos also made it to Congress on a cascade of apparent lies. He claimed to be a descendant of Holocaust survivors. He claimed he lost colleagues in the Pulse nightclub shooting, and he claimed to run an animal charity which turned out to be false. Clearly, Democrats embarrassingly messed up on opposition research. Santos flipped a competitive district that became one of few seats picked up by Republicans last year. In other words, the DNC and its affiliated campaign committees dropped the ball. The Democrats let Santos run on a fabricated resumé.
By January, Santos became a fresh face in an institution that the iconic political satirist P.J. O’Rourke referred to as a Parliament of Whores. If Santos were a Democrat and not the first homosexual GOPer to win a seat in the lower chamber, liberals might have embraced his election as the triumphant celebration of a minority, gay man. Biden’s Justice Department, however, wastes no time prosecuting the president’s political opponents.
Federal charges unveiled against Santos include seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of stealing public funds, and two counts of false statements to Congress. Is he guilty? That’s for the judge or jury to decide. But one of the charges include merely exaggerating income. Santos sounds like quite the criminal.