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That Jewish News Show: George Santos, Elon Musk, Rudy Giuliani, Nazi memorabilia and more

On this episode of ‘That Jewish News Show,’ the hosts discuss Elon Musk’s tweets about George Soros, Nazi memorabilia going to auction, Rudy Giuliani’s antisemitism, and talking George Santos with Mark Chiusano.

That Jewish News Show

“George Santos, Elon Musk, Rudy Giuliani, Nazi memorabilia and more”
May 17, 2023

On the May 17, 2023 episode of That Jewish News Show, Laura E. Adkins and Benyamin Cohen of the Forward discuss Elon Musk’s Magneto tweets, Nazi memorabilia (including Zyklon B!) that’s going to auction, and Rudy Giuliani’s latest shocking (and … weird?) antisemitism.

They were joined by Mark Chiusano, reporter at Newsday and author of the forthcoming The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos, to discuss the myriad scandals and recent indictment of Rep. George Santos on 13 criminal counts “for various alleged fraudulent schemes and brazen misrepresentations.”

“It’s kind of a psychological study and a bit of a grifter thriller of: How did this man continue to keep hustling even when he knew eventually he was going to get caught,” Chiusano said of his forthcoming book.

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Elon Musk’s Magneto tweets:

• “Elon Musk doesn’t understand George Soros — or Magneto — but he’s great at antisemitism” by P.J. Grisar in the Forward

• “AIPAC accused George Soros of undermining American politics. Is that antisemitic?” by Emily Tamkin in the Forward

Nazi memorabilia goes to auction: 

• “Holocaust items, including Zyklon B can and concentration camp patch, listed for auction” by Arno Rosenfeld in the Forward

Rudy Giuliani does an antisemitism: 

• “Rudy Giuliani made antisemitic remarks about Jews’ genitalia, mocked ‘freaking Passover’ observance, new lawsuit claims” by Jacob Kornbluh in the Forward

Interview with Mark Chiusano:

• “Andrew Raia has a new challenger” by Mark Chiusano in Newsday (paywall)

• “Who Is Rep.-Elect George Santos? His Résumé May Be Largely Fiction.” by Grace Ashford and Michael Gold in The New York Times

• “The Fabulist: The Lying, Hustling, Grifting, Stealing, and Very American Legend of George Santos” by Mark Chiusano (out Nov. 28, 2023) 

Recommendations: 

Laura:How Magneto Became Jewish” by Abraham Josefine Reisman in Vulture, 2019

Benyamin: Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie” on Apple TV

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