Events hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition are no longer open to George Santos, who will be sworn in as a congressman on January 3.
RJC CEO Matt Brooks expressed his company’s “deep disappointment” in Congressman-elect Santos in a statement on Tuesday.
He misrepresented his ancestry and fooled us. He had asserted his Jewishness to us in private conversations and public declarations.
He’s made a disastrous start to his time in Congress. He won’t be permitted to attend any upcoming RJC events.
Santos stated on his campaign website that his mother had “Jewish background views” and that his paternal grandparents were refugees who fled the Nazis to Brazil.
The newly elected representative representing a New York congressional district including Long Island and a tiny portion of Queens admitted to falsifying significant parts of his history in an interview with the New York Post on Monday.
“I never stated that I was Jewish. I’m a Catholic. Santos said I described myself as “Jew-ish” after learning that my mother’s side was Jewish.
He continued, “It just strikes me as so bizarre that people are rushing to disinherit me from being Jewish or for even permitting [me] to care for Israel and Judaism in a time and era where antisemitism is at an all-time surge” in a subsequent interview with the City & State source.
Santos further admitted that, despite earlier claims to the contrary, he never earned a degree from any college or university and that, despite earlier claims to the contrary, he had worked directly for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.