The 2016 U.S. Presidential election cycle was one of the most controversial and difficult to watch in living memory with many political donors taking a more partisan stand over their support for specific candidates over the course of the election campaign. Politico reports George Soros has been at the heart of political giving throughout the 21st century and made the decision to make a major return to political donating largely as a reaction to the divisive rhetoric and policy choices of now President Donald Trump; Soros had already decided the candidacy of Hillary Clinton was an important enough aspect of the 2016 election cycle for Soros to make the decision to return to providing major funding for her campaign in 2015 and 2016.
George Soros may have understood the chance to elect a Democrat as President and install the first female President in The White House was an important step to take in the 2016 election cycle, but he also understood the rise of Trump was an important factor to fight. Throughout the 2016 election campaign cycle Soros played a major role in developing his own role as a major critic to Trump during the election campaign and since as he has taken up occupancy of The White House. The criticism of Donald Trump began during the 2016 election cycle when George Soros accused both Trump and fellow Republican Ted Cruz of doing the recruitment work of ISIS in the rhetoric used during campaign speeches and during debates. The decision to use some of his $25 billion fortune to fight the rise of Donald Trump and his right wing allies came after Soros saw the problems facing Europe in 2016 as far right groups led elections on the continent and provided a platform for the Brexit referendum decision Soros has been extremely critical of. Learn more about his profile at Forbes.com.
The loss of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential election was a very difficult moment for George Soros, but he quickly made the decision to provide funding and support for the Democracy Alliance group he helped establish in 2005. Soros and his fellow donors to the Democratic Party met in the days following the victory of Trump and made the decision to fight against his policies from the very first day he took office in The White House. The criticism of the President is not solely based on his political allegiances, instead it is based on the fact he has pledged to destroy the legacy of President Barrack Obama. A Politico article states George Soros called on Democrat’s to look to the 2018 midterm elections as the first opportunity to push forward a new agenda designed to return the party to power across the nation at all levels of government.
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