“Because I learned that my maternal family was of Jewish descent, I said that I was ‘Jewish'”
US Congressman-elect George Santos admitted in an interview Monday with the New York Post to lying about a number of claims he made about his past, including being Jewish.
“I never claimed to be Jewish,” Santos said in an interview. “I am Catholic. Because I learned that my maternal family was of Jewish origin, I said that I was “Jewish”.
While he previously claimed to be the grandson of Holocaust survivors, including telling i24NEWS he was a Jew of Brazilian and Angolan descent, reports emerged that his grandparents did not flee. Europe, but rather came from Brazil.
The new Republican representative also claimed to have studied at Baruch College in New York, but the school said it had no record of his enrollment. He admitted this lie in the interview. “I’m embarrassed and sorry for embellishing my resume,” he said. “I admit it… We do stupid things in life.”
Santos has also “never worked directly” for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, both of which have denied previous claims that he was employed by them.
Other claims he was clear on included owning more than a dozen properties, while he admits to owning none.
“I’m not a criminal,” Santos said. “This [controversy] will not prevent me from having a good legislative success. I will be efficient. I will be good.
Santos was one of three significant house flips in November’s midterm elections for the Republican Party in New York.