The political landscape within the United States has been changing dramatically over the past couple of years. Nowadays there is a larger divide between right and left than ever before, exacerbated by the controversial election of now President Trump. President Trump’s 2016 election campaign was so divisive, in fact, that it even pulled billionaire progressive George Soros back into the fold. Soros is probably most well known for his work alongside Al Gore during the 2004 Presidential Election run against George W. Bush. Soros had ultimately decided to scale back his funding after that election campaign — until now. Now, Soros sees President Trump as a personal threat to the very tenants of democracy and progressive values.
George Soros leaped right into the election fray last year when he decided to get in and start supporting Hillary Clinton alongside a plethora of other democratic candidates. Soros would end up spending close to $25 million over the campaign season in order to push progressive values down the ballot. Ultimately Trump would end up ‘winning’ the Presidency despite losing the popular vote. Unlike his experience with Al Gore, George Soros has decided instead to double down and work tirelessly to ensure that progressive values and democratic ideals stay strong in America. Read more on NYTimes.com
We can look back for years throughout the United States political landscape to see that George Soros has kept his hands ever so slightly in on things that matter to him. Soros personally has helped to fund networks of grassroots campaigns throughout the country thanks to his work with the Open Society Foundations. One such instance of this is when Soros helped to fund the Ferguson protests in order to shed some light on police brutality toward minority individuals. Michael Brown’s death, at the hands of Officer Wilson, was a divisive moment in our history as a nation. Without Soros’ help funding the grassroots activism, we likely never would have found out that the Ferguson police department had a routine practice of discriminating against certain races.
Kenneth Zimmerman, the director of the Open Society Foundations, said that “Our DNA includes a belief that having people participate in government is indispensable to living in a more just, inclusive, democratic society.” Zimmerman’s words could not be truer if they came out of George Soros mouth himself. Soros and his work establishing these grassroots campaigns might just be the difference maker in elections and midterms in the coming years.
George Soros has a tried and true history of paying attention to those in needs. George Soros has personally invested millions in charities and philanthropic endeavors around the world. His tireless work toward progressive ideals and social justice has been plenty matched by his financial contributions. Know more about George Soros on Investopedia.