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.”
Giuliani was raised Roman Catholic, according to the New York Times.
Ayala, who has said she does not know Soros and did not solicit his money, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Giuliani’s remarks.
The prosecutor rescinded her ban on pursuing capital punishment after losing her legal fight against Scott, which went all the way to the Florida Supreme Court.
In the interview, the former mayor of New York also accused Soros of “employing” FBI agents and “controlling” former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who testified before Congress that Giuliani played a role in her removal.
The Anti-Defamation League, a U.S.-based international organization that fights anti-Semitism, said Giuliani’s comments were “baffling and offensive” and asked him to apologize in a statement to The Daily Beast.
“Mr. Giuliani is not the arbiter of who is Jewish and who is not, or what is anti-Semitic and what is not,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said. “For decades, George Soros’ philanthropy has been used as fodder for outsized anti-Semitic conspiracy theories insisting there exists Jewish control and manipulation of countries and global events. Mr. Giuliani should apologize and retract his comments immediately, unless he seeks to dog whistle to hardcore anti-Semites and white supremacists who believe this garbage.”
A spokeswoman for Open Society Foundations, a philanthropy network founded by Soros, called Giuliani’s remarks “contemptible” on Twitter and part of a “toxic” campaign to distract from Trump’s impeachment.
Giuliani also told the magazine he trusted Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, his federally indicted associates accused of violating campaign finance law by funneling foreign donations to U.S. political candidates in an attempt to buy influence, because they “look like Miami people.”
“I know a lot of Miami people that look like that that are perfectly legitimate and act like them,” Giuliani said. “Neither one of them have ever been convicted of a crime. Neither one.”
Both Gov. Ron DeSantis and Scott, now a U.S. senator, have said their campaigns would return thousands of dollars in donations made by the two South Florida businessmen.