Romney tells Santos, 'You don't belong here,' in tense State of the Union exchange
"Embellishing is saying you got an A when you got an A-minus. Lying is saying you graduated from a college you didn’t even attend," Romney said.
Utah Sen. Mitt Romney told fellow Republican Rep. George Santos, "You don't belong here," in a tense exchange at the State of the Union address Tuesday night as the New York congressman faces numerous investigations.
Romney's exchange with Santos lasted for about 10 seconds as lawmakers filed into House Chambers before President Biden's address before a joint session of Congress. Attempts to lipread the interaction spread across the internet, but Romney clarified the address he said, "You don’t belong here."
Santos retweeted a post from Semafor reporter Kadia Goba, who said the congressman told her the exchange went beyond, "You don't belong here."
"Go tell that to the 142k that voted for me," Santos responded to Romney, per Goba.
"You're an ass," Romney replied.
"You're a much bigger asshole," Santos said.
Romney took aim at Santos' admitted fabrications on his resume after the State of the Union.
"Look, he says that he embellished his record. Embellishing is saying you got an A when you got an A-minus. Lying is saying you graduated from a college you didn’t even attend," Romney told reporters, according to The Guardian. "He shouldn’t be in Congress, and they’re going to go through the process and hopefully get him out. He shouldn’t be there and if he had any shame at all, he wouldn’t be there."
Santos continued criticizing Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, on Twitter after the speech.
"Hey @MittRomney just a reminder that you will NEVER be PRESIDENT!" he posted.