Embattled Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., told a Brazilian podcaster in a newly resurfaced interview that he was the subject of an “assassination attempt” and was under police protection.
Santos gave an interview, conducted in Portuguese, to the podcast Radio Novelo Apresenta last month. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show translated the interview and aired clips of it Monday.
“In January 2021, my home was vandalized. My husband and I had gone to a New Year’s Eve party in 2020 in Florida,” Santos said in Portuguese, according to MSNBC’s translated subtitles. “I’m going to a New Year’s Eve party with my husband. We go back to our house — it was vandalized because we were at a Republican Party in Florida in December 2020. So that’s it.”
“I’ve experienced vandalism,” he continued. “We have already suffered an attempt on my life, an assassination attempt, a threatening letter, having to have the police, a police escort standing in front of our house.”
Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., departs Capitol Hill on Jan. 11, 2023. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Santos did not elaborate on the claim in his interview.
In the same interview, Santos claimed he was mugged in broad daylight