U.S. Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., who fabricated claims that his grandparents were Holocaust survivors and reportedly made Hitler jokes on social media, gave a speech in Congress Friday marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Noting that “the 27th of January marks the anniversary of the Auschwitz concentration camp being liberated,” Santos said: “We must honor the victims and survivors. We must also pay tribute to the liberators who rescued millions of people.”
In fact, only about 7,000 people remained in Auschwitz when it was liberated by the Soviet army in 1945, and experts estimate that only several hundred thousand Jews were alive in Europe when the war ended.
In a floor speech minutes ago, Rep. George Santos spoke to recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day, including paying tribute to the purportedly Auschwitz-surviving grandmother of a staffer. Not mentioned: his own claims to be Jewish and that his grandparents are Holocaust refugees.
— Marc Rod (@marcrod97) January 27, 2023
Santos made the remarks about Holocaust Remembrance Day a day after Patch reported that his now-deleted social media posts included a shared photo of someone making a military salute with the caption “something like Hitler” and Santos’ comment: “hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh hiiiiiiiiiiiitlerrrrrrrrrrr (hight hitler) lolololololololololololol sombody kill her!! the jews and black mostly lolllolol!!! Dum.”
In his remarks in Congress, Santos said that “antisemitism is a plague in this nation. It is undoubtedly up to us to be sure this kind of tragedy is never to be seen again.” He called his remarks “a tribute to aging survivors.”
His comments Friday made no reference to the false claims he made during his campaign that his grandparents had moved from Belgium to Brazil to flee the Nazis. In fact, Santos’ grandparents were born in Brazil before the Nazis came to power and his family is Catholic. He also made no reference Friday to his repeated false claims of Jewish heritage, which he later modified, saying he was Catholic and “Jew-ish.”
Santos did, however, in his remarks on the House floor, refer to the grandmother of an unnamed member of his staff, stating that she was a 93-year-old survivor of Auschwitz.
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