On Saturday, Rudy Giuliani — former New York City mayor and current lawyer for President Trump — retweeted a tweet calling George Soros the “anti-Christ.” The tweet also suggested that Soros’ assets should be frozen.
Then on Sunday, the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Asra Q. Nomani titled “George Soros’s March on Washington.” She argues that “while most demonstrators are not paid for their efforts, the [anti-Kavanaugh] protests at the Capitol Saturday, and the ones that have included stalking lawmakers inside and outside their offices, are organized by groups of which Mr. Soros is an important patron.”
This all of course follows President Trump’s inflammatory tweet from Friday, in which he insinuated that Soros helped pay for the fierce protests in Washington against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court on Saturday. He also called the protesters “#Troublemakers.”
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
This latest round of anti-Soros rhetoric can be traced to an interview Sen. Chuck Grassley gave to Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo earlier on Friday morning.
“Do you believe George Soros is behind all of this, paying these people to get you and your colleagues in elevators or wherever they can get in your face?” Bartiromo asked.
“I have heard so many people believe that,” Grassley responded. “I tend to believe it. I believe it fits in his attack mode and how he uses his billions and billions of resources. I think it promotes incivility in American society.”
Soros, an 88-year-old Jewish billionaire, Holocaust survivor and one of the biggest liberal donors in the country, has been the right’s favorite bogeyman in recent years in his native Hungary. There Prime Minister Viktor Orban has pegged Soros and his organization Open Society Foundations as symbols of intruding globalist forces. Orban’s unabashed anti-Soros message and anti-democratic goals have been widely criticized by the E.U., Human Rights Watch and others.
Trump has singled out Soros before too. During his presidential campaign in 2016, he ran an ad that criticized “those who control the levers of power in Washington” and “global special interests.” Over those words were images of Soros and the then-Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen, who also is Jewish.
Some found Giuliani’s retweet problematic.
Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories from Hungary have now arrived full force on our shores in the United States, appearing in the Wall Street Journal of all places. We are now Eastern Europe. https://t.co/IkjZ5ICu9X— Jason Stanley (@jasonintrator) October 8, 2018
At least one Twitter user drew a comparison between the asset freezing comment and the Holocaust.
You know who else locked up George Soros's family, and seized all their assets? https://t.co/OXgHFcyYga— Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld) October 6, 2018
In her article, Nomani links to a spreadsheet she compiled of liberal groups’ funding sources. Of these “resistance” groups, she writes at least 50 have received grants from Soros organizations.
Nomani is a co-director of the Pearl Project, an investigative project that looks into the murder of her former Wall Street Journal colleague Daniel Pearl — the Jewish reporter kidnapped and beheaded during a reporting stint in Kariachi, Pakistan.
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