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Giuliani says he's 'more of a Jew' than Holocaust survivor George Soros

NBC News logo NBC News 12/23/2019 Allan Smith and Dareh Gregorian

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Rudy Giuliani says he's "more of a Jew" than liberal billionaire George Soros, who survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary as a teen.

In a remarkable interview with New York magazine, President Donald Trump's lawyer painted the Jewish Soros — a frequent target of conspiracy theories about Jews controlling the world — as a puppet master who has secretly been pulling the strings in Ukraine.

"Don't tell me I'm anti-Semitic if I oppose him," Giuliani said. "Soros is hardly a Jew. I'm more of a Jew than Soros is. I probably know more about — he doesn't go to church, he doesn't go to religion — synagogue. He doesn't belong to a synagogue, he doesn't support Israel, he's an enemy of Israel. He's elected eight anarchist DAs in the United States. He's a horrible human being."

He said former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — who testified in the impeachment inquiry that she'd been smeared and forced out of her job by Giuliani — was "controlled" by Soros.

"He put all four ambassadors there. And he's employing the FBI agents," Giuliani told the magazine.

Rudy Giuliani wearing a suit and tie: Image: Rudy Giuliani addresses the crowd at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit © Saul Martinez Image: Rudy Giuliani addresses the crowd at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit Asked by NBC News if his comments about being more Jewish than Soros were made in jest, Giuliani, who's of Italian descent and was raised Roman Catholic, responded by text, "I'm more Jewish than half my friends."

Soros's philanthropy network, the Open Society Foundations, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Spokeswoman Laura Silber sounded off on some of Giuliani's conspiracy theories involving the Holocaust survivor in an interview with NBC News earlier this month.

"The anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and false allegations espoused by Rudolph Giuliani and his cronies are aimed at fomenting hatred, undermining democracy, as well as distracting from the impeachment process and the critically important national security and constitutional questions before Congress," Silber said.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted, "Opposing Soros isn't what's #antiSemitic. Saying that he controls ambassadors, employs FBI agents and isn't 'Jewish enough' to be demonized is."

Opposing Soros isn’t what’s #antiSemitic.

Saying that he controls ambassadors, employs FBI agents and isn’t “Jewish enough” to be demonized is.

Our experts explain the #antiSemitism behind Soros conspiracies: https://t.co/rK4ZXecMxn https://t.co/uFvsRvB2Ys

— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) December 23, 2019
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