On Friday, the Longworth House Office Building, one of the buildings directly connected to the U.S. Capitol, erupted into chaos after Rep. George Santos (R-NY) launched a profanity-laden tirade against an anti-Israel protester, who verbally accosted him while he held a baby and was later detained by Capitol police.
Santos was seen screaming as he tore through the building’s hallways while reporters followed behind him asking what had happened.
“The fact that we have terrorism sympathizers in this building is unacceptable,” he yelled. “They should not be allowed in here. What is happening in Israel is abhorrent. That’s what it is. And the next time he tries to accost me with a child in my hand — I want him out of here!”
“He’s an animal!” Santos continued. “He is a f—ing terrorist sympathizer.”
When reporters pressed Santos to explain what had happened, he stopped, telling them, “The gentleman back there is a terrorist sympathizer that has no business in this building.”
“What is happening in Israel is abhorrent. What is happening to the people of Israel should not be defended. Nobody defending Hamas has any business in his building whether you’re elected, whether you’re a civilian. It is a disgrace that we allow people to parade that kind of thought in here,” Santos said.
After the incident, the individual Santos was referring to spoke with media, identifying himself as Shabd Singh, a Jewish-American man. He said he had been following former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) through the hallways, asking him about the “war crimes” that were being committed by the Israeli military against Gaza.
He said he then saw Santos and began asking him the same questions.
“He accused me of being in his personal space, so I took a step back,” Singh said. “He was holding a child in his arms and saying that it was inappropriate of me to ask him questions in that scenario. I continued to ask him those questions. He refused to respond.”
“He then found me here in this hallway and accosted me and began yelling at me, essentially framing what I am saying as some sort of anti-Semitic trope,” he added.
Shortly following, Singh was detained by capitol police.
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