Are you buckled up? Democratic billionaire and progressive activist George Soros has come right back to the political arena after a nearly decade long hiatus. George Soros first rose to prominence in American politics when he publicly backed Presidential Candidate Al Gore back in the 2004 election. Gore would ultimately lose to George W. Bush in a contested election, but Soros’ established his name all of the same. Since then Soros has tried to stay relatively out of the limelight but the election of Republican President Trump has changed everything. Now, more than ever, the United States needs to become a beacon of progressive ideals — and George Soros is willing to lead the charge.
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While the 2016 Presidential election may be a low point for the United States, it was still hotly contested all the way throughout. Soros re-emerged as as serious player by publicly backing Hilary Clinton with nearly $25 million in donations throughout the Democratic and progressive platform. While Clinton would lose, Soros had made an announcement: he is back and he is here to stay. Soros’ primary motivation for his return is the blowhard policies of President Trump who he compared rather unfavorably by saying that he was “doing the work of ISIS” by stoking fears in America. Read his profile at Business Insider.
With George Soros back in the fray we can take a moment to trace some of his bigger moments in American politics. As the founder of the Open Society Foundations, Soros has played a huge role in terms of funding grassroots campaigns throughout the United States for progressive ideology. We can look to the Ferguson protests over the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Wilson as a prime example. Soros had given nearly $33 million to grassroots campaigns throughout the country in that year, much of which went to funding the protests that would gather national attention. These protests were able to bring attention to a real problem, shedding light on Ferguson’s very real systemic racial issue. Without Soros’ contributing to the cause, the Ferguson protests would have been quickly hushed up and shunned.
George Soros has made a name for himself in more places than just the United States. In fact, Soros has been a steadfast contributor of socially progressive and democratic causes around the world. Soros has spent millions in order to bring profoundly American qualities to the rest of the world: marriage equality, gender equality, legalized marijuana and more. Soros has worked with countries everywhere on the planet thanks to the Open Society Foundations. We can credit George’s focus on worldly endeavors thanks to his unique and horrifying upbringing. Soros was raised in a Nazi occupied Hungary before immigrating to London to study finances and philosophy. Learn more about his profile at washingtontimes.com.