George Soros, the controversial billionaire financier who has been accused of influencing everything from protests, to elections and market crashes, has created a super PAC for the Democratic Party in the lead up to the 2020 election, Politico reported.
Soros kicked off the funding for the PAC with a mind-boggling $5.1 million check. The billionaire has not said which specific candidate is his favorite in this race, but it seems that whoever gets the Democratic nomination will have access to the PAC regardless.
This is nothing new for Soros. During the 2016 election, he spent an estimated $20 million, $9 million of which was donated to Political Action Committees (PACs) supporting Hillary Clinton. And he even also spent more money to help Democrats get into Congress.
Soros appears to be very motivated to get a Democrat into office in 2020, because around this time during the last election cycle he had only spent about half as much, roughly $2.1 million.
Last year, Soros told the Washington Post that he would stay out of the party’s primaries, because he worried that playing favorites could “divide the Democratic Party.”
In his interview with the Post, Soros was clear about his disagreements with Trump, calling attention to the trade war with China and his foreign policy in the Middle East. Though it is unlikely that any Democratic candidate supported by Soros would have a foreign policy strategy drastically different from those of Donald Trump or Barack Obama.
Democratic candidates often take the opportunity to score debate points by opposing military overspending and aggressive military policy, but rarely, if ever, follow through on those promises after getting into office.
“He is fighting a trade war, which is liable to cause financial disruptions and possibly a financial crisis, and he is also ready to fight real wars, particularly in the Middle East. He might be willing to attack Iran militarily, which would be a big danger,” Soros said, adding that he would be in favor of impeaching Trump.
“What I said was that if there’s bipartisan support for it, then I would favor impeaching him because he is endangering the United States and the world … even at the cost that this would make Pence the president, who is much more competent in representing the far right,” Soros added.
He went on to say that he was concerned that a Trump presidency could actually threaten civilization.
Soros says that he doesn’t trust the current president to avert a nuclear crisis, adding that there is “a real danger that we are going to destroy ourselves and civilization. And that is the real thing that I’m really afraid of. And with Trump, we’ve come very close to it. Because as a narcissist he is perfectly willing to destroy the world in order to maintain his narcissism, because he wants everything to revolve around him.”
Soros has become somewhat of a scapegoat for right-wing pundits over the years. Last year, President Donald Trump even accused him of “funding” the “migrant caravan,” which was comprised of refugees fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. Many of the claims made against Soros are absurd, but his incredible influence in politics—particularly in the Democratic party—is not to be ignored.