Embattled New York GOP Rep. George Santos is facing a new controversy after an over a decade-old Facebook comment was unearthed showing his "deeply offensive" joke about Jews and Black people.
New York local news outlet Patch revealed a Facebook comment made by Santos last March 2011 on a photo shared by his friend, which shows someone making a military salute with the caption "something like Hitler."
"hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh hiiiiiiiiiiiitlerrrrrrrrrrr (hight hitler) lolololololololololololol sombody kill her!! the jews and black mostly lolllolol!!! Dum" Santos wrote.
Santos' former friend, who was a friend on Facebook with the person who posted the photo that the GOP congressman commented on, provided the screenshot to Patch.
The former friend said they remembered Santos making an offensive remark after the congressman falsely claimed that he was a descendant of Jews who survived the Holocaust.
Gregory Morey-Parker, another former friend and roommate of the embattled New York congressman, said Santos would frequently make offensive jokes.
Morey-Parker explained that Santos would "brush it off" by saying he was Jewish.
Oren Segal, the vice president of the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, said Santos' old Facebook comment is "clear that this would be deeply offensive and an affront to the Jewish community."
"Joking about Hitler is clearly offensive for anyone," Segal said.
"[B]ut it's especially offensive from someone who lied about his Jewish heritage and having family members that fled the Holocaust."
But Joseph Murray, an attorney for Santos, defended the congressman, saying that the Facebook comment was "completely false" and "absolutely nothing to talk about."
Santos, a first-term New York congressman elected in last year's midterm elections, said in his campaign biography that his mother was Jewish and his grandparents escaped the Nazis.
But last month, Santos walked back, saying that he never claimed to be a Jewish descendant and he was only "Jew-ish."
Santos earned the ire of the Nassau County Republicans and Jewish Republican groups for falsely claiming that he came from Jewish heritage.
Matt Brooks, the executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition, said Santos "deceived us and misrepresented his heritage," adding that the congressman would no longer be invited to their future events.
Despite calls for his resignation, Santos remained defiant and still enjoyed support from Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
McCarthy awarded seats to Santos on two House committees: the Science, Space and Technology, and Small Business.
But McCarthy, who Santos supported in the recent hotly-contested speaker race, said the congressman would be removed from office if the Ethics Committee found Santos broke the law, NBC News reported.