According to the Capital Research Center, a conservative watchdog group, Soros “personally sets the budget” for Open Society, which has funded liberal groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Center for American Progress, Human Rights Campaign, Media Matters for America, MoveOn.org, Planned Parenthood and many others.
“My success in the financial markets has given me a greater degree of independence than most other people,” Soros wrote. “This allows me to take a stand on controversial issues: In fact, it obliges me to do so because others cannot.”
Along the way, Soros’s name has become synonymous with global liberal activism. As a result, many conservatives have anointed him a kind of shadow villain, one who inspires a litany of conspiracy theories.
Among other accusations Giuliani leveled in his interview with writer Olivia Nuzzi, he claimed that Soros “controlled” former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — who was removed by Trump and testified in the House impeachment hearings — and that he was “employing” FBI agents, presumably the ones who investigated Trump’s campaign for alleged connections to Russia.
Trump himself echoed a baseless claim made on social media when he told a reporter in October 2018 that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Soros was funding a Central American migrant caravan seeking asylum in the U.S.
Weeks earlier, the president asserted without evidence that protesters seeking to block Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court were being funded by Soros.
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
While other billionaires, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, also spend their fortunes on a variety of causes, some of them politically sensitive, Soros occupies unique standing among conspiracy theorists, who have even spread the absurd accusation that he was an officer of the Nazi SS — in 1944, when he was 13.
The influence Soros wields, which was evident in the hundreds of millions of dollars he poured into Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain, is the reason he has usurped the Rothschild family in the imagination of anti-Semites as the symbol of the imagined Jewish cabal that rules the world.
After the editor of Christianity Today published a call for Trump to be removed from office, some Trump supporters spread a rumor that the evangelical publication was funded by Soros.
“He’s elected eight anarchist district attorneys in the United States,” Giuliani told New York magazine without naming them. “He’s a horrible human being.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, of the Anti-Defamation League, harshly criticized Giuliani’s comments.
“For decades, George Soros’s philanthropy has been used as fodder for outsized antisemitic conspiracy theories insisting there exists Jewish control and manipulation of countries and global events,” Greenblatt said in a statement to the Daily Beast. “Mr. Giuliani should apologize and retract his comments immediately, unless he seeks to dog whistle to hardcore antisemites and white supremacists who believe this garbage.”
Trump lashes out at „Crazy Nancy” Pelosi and San Francisco, suggests a primary challenge•Trump: US ready to deal with North Korea’surprise’ President Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a series of tweets Thursday morning, calling for a primary challenge for „Crazy Nancy,” denouncing her San Francisco district as „filthy” and „dirty” and saying the „bogus impeachment scam” made it more difficult for him to deal with foreign leaders. Trump quoted conservative commentator Bradley Blakeman as saying Pelosi had „no leverage over the Senate,” a reference to the impasse over the transmission of articles of impeachment to the Senate. The House of Representatives passed articles of of impeachment against Trump Dec. 18 on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, but Pelosi said she would not send the articles over until the Senate determined its process for a trial. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said last week that Republicans and Democrats were at an „impasse.”Democrats accuse Trump of abusing his power by pressuring the government of Ukraine to open politically motivated investigations by withholding nearly $400 million in security assistance and an Oval Office meeting, and of obstructing Congress by stonewalling House Democrats’ investigation into Ukraine. More: A year in, Gavin Newsom is still fighting Trump. Is he doing enough to govern California? More: As Trump officials target California’s homeless crisis, state officials brace for fightDonald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump “Nancy Pelosi has no leverage over the Senate. Mitch McConnell did not nose his way into the impeachment process in the House, and she has no standing in the Senate.” Brad Blakeman. Crazy Nancy should clean up her filthy dirty District & help the homeless there. A primary for N? Trump also wrote that the „bogus impeachment scam” has made it „more difficult” for him to negotiate with foreign leaders. Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump Despite all of the great success that our Country has had over the last 3 years, it makes it much more difficult to deal with foreign leaders (and others) when I am having to constantly defend myself against the Do Nothing Democrats & their bogus Impeachment Scam. Bad for USA! Trump also continued his attacks on Pelosi’s San Francisco district as a „filthy dirty district” and „one of the worst anywhere in the U.S. when it comes to the homeless and crime.” He called on Pelosi to clean up the district and help the homeless. Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump Nancy Pelosi’s District in California has rapidly become one of the worst anywhere in the U.S. when it come to the homeless & crime. It has gotten so bad, so fast – she has lost total control and, along with her equally incompetent governor, Gavin Newsom, it is a very sad sight! If she didn’t do so, Trump suggested another California Democrat should challenge Pelosi in a primary election.A primary challenger to Pelosi faces stiff odds. Pelosi took a commanding lead in her 2018 primary election with 68.5% of the vote and won re-election in November 2018 with 86.8% of the vote. This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: President Trump tweets anger at Pelosi, Democrats and impeachment
Vase or missiles? US awaits Christmas ‘gift’ from North Korea’s Kim•US Defense officials keep a wary eye on NKorea
7. On Korea peninsula nuclear issue, China calls on US to take concrete steps asap to deliver what has been agreed in Singapore. We encourage DPRK & US to work out a feasible roadmap for establishing a permanent peace regime & realizing complete denuclearization on the Peninsula.
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Tehran (AFP) – An Iranian military fighter jet crashed on Wednesday near a dormant volcano in the northwest of the country and its pilot was missing, official media reported.State news agency IRNA said the jet went down at 9:00 am (0530 GMT) near Mount Sabalan, in the Lesser Caucasus range, and was a MiG-29 on a test flight after being overhauled.Amateur video footage published on the social media accounts of various media outlets in Iran appeared to show smoke rising above snow-capped peaks.Fars news agency said the plane had been found but there was no trace of its pilot and that he could have ejected from the aircraft.A search and rescue operation was underway for the pilot, who the army identified as Colonel Mohammadreza Rahmani, one of its most experienced fliers.”Following the crash of a military plane in Ardabil (province), helicopter and rescue groups have been sent to the region,” Iran’s Red Crescent said in a statement on its website.The official website of the army said search and rescue efforts had been hampered by bad weather, with snow making areas impassable.Iran’s third highest peak, Mount Sabalan, features a crater that turns into a lake at certain times of the year.