There has been a very public spat between billionaires George Soros and Donald Trump. George Soros, 85-year-old multibillionaire hedge fund manager on http://www.politifact.com/ohio/statements/2016/apr/04/trusted-leadership-pac/no-george-soros-not-bankrolling-john-kasichs-campa/, has gone to the media to publicly criticize Donald Trump and his policies as a Republican presidential candidate. He sees Trump as a threat to open societies, freedom and decency. And perhaps we should listen to Soros because of his personal history.
George Soros on bloomberg has never come out to completely say that Trump is a fascist in the mold of Hitler, but you can see why his hateful rhetoric is worrisome to the liberal financier. George Soros was born with a different last name in 1930 to two Jewish parents in Budapest, Hungary. He saw his father struggle with the oncoming wave of anti-Semitism. He changed the family’s name and secured false papers just before the Nazi occupation. The young George Soros had to check-in daily with his occupiers just as Trump has suggested that Muslims register in the United States. George Soros has all but declared war on Donald Trump, so it made sense when the Trusted Leadership super PAC accused Soros of donating to the campaign of Ohio Gov. John Kasich just before the Ohio primary.
If George Soros on theatlantic could infuse John Kasich’s campaign with enough money to win Ohio, he could help prevent Donald Trump from getting the minimum number of delegates to secure the nomination before the Republican convention. This could cause a contested convention where delegates of non-Trump candidates could pool their power behind another candidate and unseat the front runner. This would achieve two goals for George Soros. The first: making sure Donald Trump does not become the Republican presidential candidate. Second and more importantly, it would likely cause Donald Trump to run as an independent which would fracture the Republican Party and ensure that a Democrat reaches the White House in 2017. It all looks like the ultimate plan executed by an incredibly smart international businessman.
Unfortunately, according to PolitiFact Ohio, it is all false. The Trusted Leadership super PAC claims that George Soros gave around $600,000 to John Kasich’s super PAC through to trusted former employees. Of course the accusation makes this type of liberal plan to destroy the Republican Party seem all the more sinister to potential conservative voters. But here’s where the claims lose traction.
The former employees of George Soros that have each given hundreds of thousands of dollars to John Kasich has a long history of giving to conservative candidates throughout their lifetime. And George Soros would not need to hide his identity or the amount of money given to super PAC as donations to super PACs are unlimited according to federal law. It’s a thin, far-fetched lie designed by Ted Cruz to damage the conservative image of John Kasich.