FRAUD: How George Santos used his “Jew-ish”-ness to get support from pro-Israel groups

FRAUD: How George Santos used his "Jew-ish"-ness to get support from pro-Israel groups

Representative-elect George Santos‘ (R-NY) lies continue to unravel, revealing a level of deceit that is purely diabolical. After being outed for his false claims of having Jewish heritage, the newly elected Republican backtracked by saying he never claimed to be Jewish, but is instead, “Jew-ish.”

It turns out that was also a lie.

Santos repeatedly said that his maternal grandparents fled Nazi persecution of the Jewish people during WWII, but a genealogy search by showed that both of his grandparents were born in Brazil prior to Hitler’s rise, according to senior political reporter Jacob Kornbluh who writes for the independent Jewish media outlet Forward.

Kornbluh exposed the congressman-elect’s propaganda in Tuesday’s edition after obtaining a position paper Santos shared with prominent members of the Jewish community during his campaign.

“As a proud American Jew, I have been to Israel numerous times from educational, business, and leisurely trips,” he wrote in the fabricated campaign mailer sent to pro-Israel groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

Read the entire position paper below. 

But according to Kornbluh, a search of Santos’ social media accounts found no image or documentation records of the alleged trips.

The two-page propaganda piece sent by Santos is little more than an attempt to ingratiate himself with pro-Israel groups by attacking Iran, attacking Obama – utilizing the typical Republican narratives.

“The U.S.-Israel relationship remains paramount to defending America’s national security interests and values. Standing as the only democracy in the increasingly autocratic Middle East, it is common sense to support our allies that share the same values as the United States, including, but not limited to, freedom of religion, expression, and free and fair elections,” Santos wrote.

“When elected to Congress, I will do everything in my power to support our ally Israel, and her continued quest for peace and prosperity,” he added.

And it apparently worked.

Playing to the heart of issues that matter to pro-Israeli organizations in the United States, Santos dug deep and reached hard at the constituency he knew he needed to secure victory in his district.

But at what cost?

The fraudulent candidate went on to accuse the Obama administration of failing the Jewish community – and Israel – with the Iran Nuclear Arms Deal.

He vowed to oppose an “Executive attempt” to re-join the agreement.

“The U.S. should continue investing in security assistance programs that maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge,” the pandering mailer read.

“I strongly believe we should further enhance coordination efforts between Israel and the United States on, among other things, homeland security and cyber defense, and continue funding annual security assistance to our ally Israel,” Santos stated.

Though none of these issues are bad — Israel is an ally of the United States and protecting its security is paramount to insuring it remains a sovereign and free state — but the talking points speak loud and clear.

And none of this addresses the fraud perpetuated by the previously unknown politician who seemingly came out of nowhere.

Santos built his campaign – not on a house of cards – but on one of lies and deception. This is particularly egregious because it panders to a community facing increased antisemitic violence and threats.

Shortly after winning the election, Santos was invited to speak at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s conference in Las Vegas, Nevada – and appeared at a menorah lighting event on the first night of Hanukkah.

The RJC is now having buyer’s remorse.

On Tuesday, the group released a statement disavowing its relationship with the soon-to-be U.S. representative.

“In public comments and to us personally he previously claimed to be Jewish,” Chief executive of the RJC, Matt Brooks, said, expressing disappointment in Santos’ deception. “He has begun his tenure in Congress on a very wrong note. Santos will not be welcome at any future RJC events.”

In an interview with local media outlet City & State NY, the man who’s been referred to as the “Anna Delvy of Congress,” played the victim card Republicans are known for – saying that he is being “disinherited.”

“People are rushing to disinherit me from being Jewish or even allowing to care for Israel and Judaism in a time and era where antisemitism is at an all-time rise,” he told the publication.

No, George, you are being canceled for being a liar, appropriator, and all-around fraud by using the history, hardship, and continued discrimination of a community — which has seen more than its share of violence and pain — for personal and political gain.

Read the entire position paper here.

Original reporting by Jacob Kornbluh at Forward. 

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