Gaetz, who spearheaded the revolt against former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) in October, cautioned that additional Republicans might be on the brink of exiting the lower chamber.
"Our propensity to self-inflict harm in these matters severely hampers our capacity to accomplish our tasks," Gaetz expressed his concerns on "The Charlie Kirk Show."
Santos, who has been accused of being untruthful, became the sixth member ever to be expelled from the House on Friday, with 105 Republicans supporting the move to remove him. This expulsion has reduced the Republican majority in the lower chamber by one.
Gaetz criticized Santos' expulsion as "tactically unwise" and expressed apprehension that other House Republicans might soon depart. "Congressman Bill Johnson of Ohio has accepted a university presidency, which could reduce our majority to two. And I don't really believe Kevin McCarthy will be staying much longer," he stated.
Gaetz also expressed concern about the advanced age of some members of the Republican conference. "If, God forbid, any of them were to pass away, we could literally lose the majority because we were so eager to expel George Santos even before his conviction," he said.
Gaetz vehemently opposed the efforts to oust the scandal-ridden representative, demanding more due process and arguing that the scandal surrounding Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey, who was indicted on bribery charges in September, was more alarming.
The vote to remove Santos followed a damning report from the House Committee on Ethics alleging that he had "blatantly stolen" campaign funds. It is worth noting that Gaetz himself is under investigation by the House Committee on Ethics, believed to be centered on accusations of him using illegal drugs and engaging in sexual misconduct.
Gaetz has refuted the allegations against him. McCarthy has publicly claimed that Gaetz sought to overthrow him because he refused to interfere in the investigation. Gaetz vehemently denied McCarthy's claim.
Earlier this year, federal prosecutors officially decided not to pursue charges against Gaetz following a similar investigation. Santos, on the other hand, is facing a 23-count indictment for alleged embezzlement, defrauding donors, and more.
Since his expulsion, Santos has embarked on what appears to be a revenge tour against members of Congress, announcing plans to file several ethics complaints against lawmakers.