AIN’T THAT SOME “ISH”: Santos scandal heats up after clarifying why he lied about being “Jew-ish”
Right about now, the only thing that seems real about George Santos is how absolutely fake he is.
Santos lied about his resume and education, but his lies about being Jewish are so extreme, he just proved that the GOP doesn’t care which ass is in a Congressional seat as long as it has an R next to its name.
And that should absolutely not be the standard.
The GOP truly hit a new low in 2022 by running the absolute worst batch of candidates in midterm election history.
I mean, Dr. Oz, Herschel Walker, Kari Lake, Doug Mastriano, and now George “Ish” Santos, who is such an obvious MAGA plant that I want Obvious Plant to make up a fake toy about him.
Instead, please enjoy this meme one of my Twitter followers sent me that made me laugh so hard, no sound came out of me, and then I coughed a whole bunch.
So ANYWAY, in a new interview on Monday with the digital fishwrap known as The New York Post, Santos managed to make things even worse for himself by clarifying some of his former statements, particularly the one where he claimed to be descended from Holocaust survivors but in reality is a devout Catholic who feels “Jew-ish” because he’s sucking up to Rep. Lee “Zippy” Zeldin (R-NY).
Santos has emulated Donald Trump to the point that I think he may have stolen some of Donny’s orange-tinted DNA and then did a crazy lab experiment like Jeff Goldblum in The Fly and he came out as Santostrump.
In trying to defend himself, the Santoliar actually said these words out loud:
“It just strikes me so odd that people are rushing to disinherit me from being Jewish… in an era where anti-Semitism is at an all-time rise,” says Santos, as quoted by Business Insider. “Here’s somebody who actually cares about Jews… and we have people pushing me away.”
This actually Jewish American would love to know where the DNC opposition research team was during the campaign because Santos has used the “Jew-ish” line repeatedly and no one knew about it until now, which is EXTRA BAD.
It is NOT acceptable for Santos to lie about something as serious as the Holocaust and casually chuckle over anti-Semitism, as he does below in a clip from last month at a meeting at the Republican Jewish Coalition.
In an interview with JNS at the RJC meeting last month, Santos said, "as I always joke, I am Jew-ish" and repeated his claim about his grandfather "fleeing Hitler" in 1940.https://t.co/OTkCVt0uam pic.twitter.com/U3kn2ZNFhu
— Jacob Kornbluh (@jacobkornbluh) December 21, 2022
The RJC has certainly done a 180 since that interview, releasing a statement on Twitter that is the digital version of rending their garment like disappointed parents who can’t believe they fell for this ligner*. (*Yiddish for liar).
“We are very disappointed in Congressman-elect Santos,” the statement tsked. “He deceived us and misrepresented his heritage. In public comments and to us personally he previously claimed to be Jewish. He has begun his tenure in Congress on a very wrong note. He will not be welcome at any future RJC event.”
.@RJC statement on Congressman-Elect George Santos pic.twitter.com/cPc8O56XEl
— RJC (@RJC) December 27, 2022
Democratic members of Congress were tweeting about Santos on Tuesday, and it would be great to see them taking action besides just tweeting about it.
Look at rat bastard traitor Kevin McCarthy. He KNEW Santos was full of MAGAshit and still did this.
Sorry, Eric Swalwell and Ted Lieu, I love you, but Kevin McCarthy has chosen darkness.
Who is Joseph Murray, @Santos4Congress’ lawyer? And why shouldn’t he be referred to the NY Bar (@NYSBA) for this false statement on behalf of Santos? Murray said the @nytimes smeared and defamed Santos — in other words, the Times’ story is false. Murray is an accomplice to fraud. pic.twitter.com/VdGdbul4S2
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) December 27, 2022
Dear @GOPLeader: George Santos knowingly let you spread his lies. @Santos4Congress has embarrassed you and the Republican caucus. The honorable thing to do would be for you to publicly ask him to resign. If he doesn’t, then you should schedule a vote to expel him from Congress. https://t.co/3cg4foCpWq
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 27, 2022
Santos MUST NOT BE SEATED.
We only have a few days left, and no one should expect the GOP to hold their own accountable.
Here’s a path to keeping another MAGA liar out of Congress, as presented by this challenger.
George, if that’s even your real name, if you’re so convinced that #NY3 voters still trust you – resign & run against me again in a special election. Face the voters with your real past & answer questions about your criminal history. Let the voters decide https://t.co/IWUGPSmiPp
— Robert Zimmerman (@ZimmermanRob) December 27, 2022
Don’t expect GOP accountability, there’s no such thing.
At least Twitter pundits were feasting on the spoils of the fabrication fallout. Starting with my favorite of all from the genius that is Paul Rudnick, enjoy the still-burning roasts.
George Santos claims he merely "embellished his resume" and never said he was Jewish but "Jew-ish." Also:
– He lives in a "suburb" of Wakanda
– He has x-ray vision and can fly but only "part-time"
– He bought Twitter "as a gift for my Mom"
– He's gay but "only with myself" pic.twitter.com/ruiCe71yPf
— Paul Rudnick (@PaulRudnickNY) December 27, 2022
Seriously, George Santos claims he never said he was Jewish but rather that that he "was Jew-ish."
This is ludicrous and offensive — and also the lamest attempt to get out of a lie that I think I've seen.
He must step down.
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) December 27, 2022
It was the “Jew-ish” part that floored me too. For that alone the dude has GOT to go.
The @HouseGOP and @GOPLeader are unrepentant liars themselves so @Santos4Congress is their kind of dude. But damn.
Just damn. https://t.co/hCFYMP0UWI
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) December 27, 2022
I checked with many of my Jewish and "Jew-ish" friends in @Santos4Congress new district and they all agree he should resign. They also agree that @HouseGOP and @GOPLeader look pathetic and weak for their inability to say this "jew-ish" liar should resign.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) December 27, 2022
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