The 2016 election campaign is going to one day be looked at in history classes as a great turning point in our country. The election campaign of Donald Trump was one for the history books and his fierce battle with Hillary Clinton and the rest of the establishment politicians in Washington will be studied in perpetuity. Perhaps lost in the entire ruckus was something even more important, at least to politics over the next four to eight years: the return of George Soros. Soros is a self made billionaire whose story would make for an incredible Hollywood movie. He is viciously against everything that President Trump stands for and was so inspired by his disdain for the man that he returned to politics to oppose him. Learn more about his profile at businessinsider.com
During the election campaign Donald Trump used hateful rhetoric that was anti-immigrant, anti-democracy, and anti-progress and George Soros couldn’t idly sit by. Soros had last been a major player in mainstream politics back in 2004 when he worked alongside Al Gore to try and get him elected in a fierce battle against George W Bush. While Soros and Gore notably failed, despite the controversy surrounding the election, Soros had cemented himself as a major player in progressive politics. Democrats finally had their own billionaire mega philanthropist to help combat the perpetual money machine that Republicans have utilized for generations.
Michael Vachon, a political adviser to George Soros, told reporters that Soros returned to the political fray due to how high the stakes were growing. Vachon pointed to Trump’s dangerous policies as one of the driving forces but noted that hostilities between the right wing and left wing were already at an all time high, even without Trump stirring things up in the middle. Still, it is hard to ignore the fact that Trump’s rhetoric was a big reason that Soros returned to the campaign trail. Know more about George Soros on CNBC.
When Soros jumped back into the election process he immediately put his money where his beliefs were. Soros would donate close to $25 million to progressive politicians up and down the ticket, including $7 million to a PAC that was Pro-Clinton. Soros donated to notable PACs that supported voting rights for immigrants, he donated to opposition research PACs, and he donated in support of Clinton just as much. Soros was notably impressed with Hillary Clinton because he felt that she had an open door to progressives and would answer the phone if they called with a question or suggestion. Soros also reached out to End Citizens United in order to donate as well.
With George Soros back in the fray progressives have a silver lining to the election of Donald Trump. Soros is going to do everything in his sizable power to keep progress on the table in the United States.