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“He should be sitting in the back row and staying quiet instead of parading in front of the president and people coming into the room.”

U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, regarding his displeasure at Rep. George Santos’ behavior at the State of the Union on Tuesday night, given the fact that Santos is under an ethics investigation concerning questions about the freshman lawmaker’s biography and campaign finances. (NPR — Feb. 8, 2023)

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