New York, NY, September 7, 2023 – The American Jewish Congress is deeply disturbed by the decision of Vivek Ramaswamy, currently running for the GOP nomination in the 2024 presidential election, to appear for an interview on the podcast of virulent antisemite Albert Faleski, also known as An0maly.
 
Mainstreaming and legitimizing fringe, hate-filled individuals like Faleski by joining them on their shows should not be on the to-do list of candidates running for office, let alone of those seeking the highest office in the land. 
 
Albert Faleski has a long list of deeply antisemitic comments and has repeatedly levied towards Jews the age-old antisemitic tropes of “dual loyalty” and “Jewish control” in his social media comments and music. He referred to Jews as “a group of people who statistically own almost everything convincing the world they are the #1 victim & punching down on other races.” Moreover, Faleski has criticized the broadly accepted IHRA Definition of Antisemitism, complaining about the fact that the definition argues that “it’s hate speech to say Jews killed Jesus, have more loyalty to Israel than other countries & saying they control large sectors of society.” Earlier this year he tweeted that “the Republican Party is serving Zionism over America,” and that “Zionism has duped Christians and Republicans into self-sabotage.” These disgusting comments and antisemitic canards cannot be tolerated. 
 
Following Mr. Ramaswamy’s equivocal statements on his position towards the vital U.S. aid to Israel, for which he was criticized by former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley in the first GOP debate, this is another serious misstep with the Jewish community. If Mr. Ramaswamy was unaware of Faleski’s controversial history, we urge him to educate himself and to immediately distance from and condemn the antisemitic views and conspiracy theories embraced by Faleski. 
 
He owes this to the Jewish community and to all American voters.

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