Republican Jewish Coalition denounce GOP Rep.-elect George Santos over lies about Jewish heritage

December 28, 2022

Rep.-elect George Santos (R-NY) appears to have been caught in a number of lies, including about having Jewish heritage, and now a major Jewish political group has cut all ties with the congressman-elect, the Daily Caller reported.

In addition to his family heritage, Santos is also accused of lying about several other aspects of his background, including his education, work history, property ownership, and even his sexual orientation, among other things.

"He deceived us"

"We are very disappointed in Congressman-elect Santos," Republican Jewish Coalition CEO Matt Brooks said in a statement on Tuesday. "He deceived us and misrepresented his heritage."

"In public comments and to us personally he previously claimed to be Jewish," the statement added of Santos. "He has begun his tenure in Congress on a very wrong note. He will not be welcome at any future RJC event."

No Jewish heritage, contrary to claims

That RJC statement came in response to an admission from Santos in a New York Post interview that he had been less than straightforward about the actual heritage of himself and his family.

On his campaign website, Santos, who decisively won the election for New York's 3rd District that covers parts of Long Island and Queens, Santos asserted that his mother was Jewish as her parents, his grandparents, had fled Nazi oppression in Europe in World War II.

Yet, according to the independent Jewish media outlet Forward and the genealogy records it reviewed, Santos' maternal grandparents were both born in Brazil prior to the rise of the Nazis in Germany, and his mother, who died in 2016, often expressed her devout Catholic beliefs on social media.

"I said I was 'Jew-ish'"

In response to that investigative report, Santos acknowledged that he is "clearly Catholic" but insisted that he recalled his grandmother talking about converting from Judaism to Catholicism.

"I never claimed to be Jewish," Santos asserted to the Post. "I am Catholic. Because I learned my maternal family had a Jewish background I said I was 'Jew-ish.'"

Interestingly enough, the recent statement from the Republican Jewish Coalition to distance itself from Santos was seemingly previewed in that revelatory article from Forward that was published last week around the time that the congressman-elect's web of lies began to unravel.

The RJC's Brooks told the Jewish outlet that his organization was "aware of the claims being made against Congressman-elect George Santos, and we have reached out to his office directly to ascertain whether they are true. These allegations, if true, are deeply troubling. Given their seriousness, the Congressman-elect owes the public an explanation, and we look forward to hearing it."

Growing calls for his resignation

The Daily Caller noted that in addition to being exposed over his falsely claimed heritage, it has also been revealed that Santos was dishonest in prior claims about working for major Wall Street investment firms, about receiving degrees from certain colleges, and an assortment of other purported aspects of his life that now appear to be "partially or completely fabricated."

Santos told the Post that "My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry," but that is unlikely to assuage his critics, on both the left and right, who are now demanding that he resign his seat in Congress or even face investigation for allegedly defrauding the public.

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