2016 has not given George Soros much to cheer about. In America Republican nominee Donald Trump has won the presidential election and Congress remains under Republican control. In Europe political inflammation has promoted the rise of nativists and other conservative movements popular support. However Soros sees a way to help the left recover and protect its legacy. Although there aren’t many direct means of defending themselves available, Soros will find a way to help liberals survive.
He Is Leading The Progressive Donors
As the world’s most successful hedge fund manager George Soros is perhaps the most important donor to progressive causes. This year he used his $25 billion dollar fortune to its fullest. He donated more than $8 million dollars to the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton and $500 million to aid the integration of recent Syrian migrants into European society. The former donations were ultimately in vain as her rival Trump managed to secure an electoral college victory despite spending less money. With the success of Brexit and the potential victories of Marie Le Pen and others of the European Right it remains unknown if his efforts in Europe will pay off.
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Finding A Way To Stop Trump
George Soros has made it clear he is opposed to the political goals of Donald Trump. Ever since Trump secured the nomination in July Soros has made speaking out against him a past time. He has called the president elect of the United States a fascist and compares his proposed policies to a dictatorship. Working with the Democratic Alliance, an organization consisting of progressive donors, George Soros now seeks to find ways to support Democrats seeking to fight against current the currently Republican controlled federal government and conservative goals such as stricter immigration laws.
Supporting The Refugee Migration
Due to the recent civil war in Syria many Syrians have left their country for the safety of Europe. Unfortunately their reception in Europe is to say the least lukewarm. Migrants are often considered a source of crime and a burden on the welfare systems of their host countries. As a victim of the Holocaust George Soros sees past this rhetoric and wants to help these migrants integrate into Europe. The 500 million euro donation he made this summer is going specially towards creating educational programs and business investments for the Syrian migrant community in hopes of creating a better future for them.
He’s Looking To Overhaul The Justice System
This year there was one area where Soros seemed to have some success: reforming the justice system. Advocating for African American and Hispanic candidates George Soros has spent 2016 advocating for changes to American criminal policy. In particular he has targeted district attorney campaigns through the country. Key states of interest for Soros include Florida, New Mexico, and Texas where large numbers of nonwhites and large prison populations coexist. Although most of these district attorneys have not met George Soros that find his support incredibly helpful for their campaigns.
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