US politician George Santos refuses to quit after lying about being Jewish

He claimed his mother’s parents were Ukrainian Jews who fled the Holocaust to Brazil, but records from multiple sources showed that his mother’s parents were born in Brazil and none of their ancestors were Ukrainian or Jewish.


Santos now says he is “clearly Catholic” but claimed his grandmother told stories about him being Jewish and later converting to Catholicism.

“I never claimed to be Jewish,” he told the post Office. “I’m a Catholic. Because I learned that my maternal family was of Jewish background, I said I was ‘Jewish’.”

Santos’ biography was questioned earlier this month The New York Times reported that he misrepresented a number of claims regarding — but not limited to — his ancestry, education, employment, charity work and property ownership.

Santos hadn’t fully responded until now. He said he is determined to take the oath of office on Jan. 3 and join the GOP House majority.

However, a number of fellow congressmen called for his resignation yesterday.

Joaquin Castro, a Democrat representing Texas, tweeted, “George Santos should step down as Congressman-elect. If he refuses, Congress should expel him. He should also be investigated by the authorities.”

Daniel Goldman, another prospective New York congressman and prosecutor, said Santos made the allegations to “deceive voters in Queens and Nassau.”

Santos also admitted to lying when he claimed he owned 13 properties, when in fact he wasn’t a landlord. He denied committing any crime anywhere in the world, although the Times had uncovered Brazilian court filings showing he had been charged with fraud as a young man after being caught writing stolen checks.

“I’m not a criminal here — not here, in Brazil, or in any jurisdiction in the world,” he told the post Office. “Absolutely not. That didn’t happen.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition said: “Mr Santos deceived us and misrepresented his legacy. In public statements and to us he previously claimed to be a Jew. He will not be welcome at any future RJC event.”

The Telegraph, London

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