Billionaire leftist George Soros has used his money and influence to drive progressive causes across the globe. There are conspiracy theories, some of which are credible, that attach parts of Soros’ operation to organized protests against conservatives. This is commonly believed by people on both sides of the political aisle.
Seemingly organic, powerful protests. But in both instances, the women involved came from a nonprofit called Center for Popular Democracy that has received funding from liberal billionaire George Soros, records show.
Soros donated $1.5 million to Center for Popular Democracy in 2016 and 2017 through his philanthropy organization Open Society Foundations, the records show.
He also donated in the past two years another $1.2 million to the nonprofit’s sister organization Center for Popular Democracy Action, which helped organize protests at the Kavanaugh hearings in early September that resulted in more than 200 arrests.
It isn’t a crazy notion that a man as powerful as Soros with the passion for progressive causes that he has will sometimes utilize covert methods to promote his ideology. Powerful conservatives and liberals have been doing it for decades. The difference with Soros is that his name and the theory are often invoked by antisemitic hate groups.
Progressive media outlet ThinkProgress used this to paint President Trump as an antisemite because of a Tweet that mentioned Soros and the idea that he funds protesters:
Now the President of the United States is getting in on the anti-Semitic action, claiming that protests against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, were “Paid for by Soros and others” in a Friday tweet.
This was the first time Trump has mentioned Soros on Twitter, per the Toronto Star’s Daniel Dale. However, The Atlantic’s David Frum noted Soros was one of the “three identifiable “faces of international finance”” featured in a 2016 Trump campaign ad that was widely criticized for its anti-Semitic overtones.
By their logic:
- Many thoughtful, rational people believe Soros funds protests based on clear evidence
- Antisemitic hate groups often talk about these theories and say antisemitic things about Soros
- President Trump mentioned Soros and the theory in a Tweet
- Therefore, President Trump is promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories on Twitter
This is one of the purest examples of spinning something so hard that it contorts from the force of the spin. It’s a juicy headline for Trump-haters to embrace and share lovingly on social media. It’s stretching the truth far beyond its limits to the point that it has no validity at all, yet it will likely be shared by a large number of progressives so the accusing headline gets tons of coverage.
There’s a difference between an anitsemitic conspiracy theory and a valid theory that happens to be shared by antisemitic hate groups.
Here’s the President’s Tweet:
The very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! #Troublemakers
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2018
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