George Soros is, perhaps, one of the most interesting men in American politics today. Soros was born in Hungary where he was raised until 1944. At that time the Nazi occupation began and over the following year nearly 500,000 Hungarian Jews would end up being murdered. Soros would go on to flee the country but not before learning some very important lessons. Since then Soros has traveled the world before ultimately settling down in America as one of the leading progressives in the country. George Soros returned to American politics in 2016 at the age of 85 in order to help combat the rising tide of the dangerous political game that Donald Trump was helping to develop.
Before we dive deeply into the 2016 Presidential Election we should learn a little bit about what informs Soros and his work in politics. Soros childhood was punctuated by the Nazi regime. He got to see up close how dangerous nationalism could be when weaponized with violent and brutal fascists. Soros learned an important lesson here and it informed his pursuit of education once he emigrated to London. Soros studied the works of Karl Popper and eventually came up with the concept of the Open Society Foundations, the name of the foundation he would create that focused on reaching out and aiding countries in their pursuit of progress, transparent government, and social justice.
Soros landed in America after graduating from the London School of Economics and he would soon be focusing on the Soros Hedge Fund. It is through this work that Soros created a presence for himself while earning his fortune, becoming one of the most successful investors that the country has ever seen. With a larger voice on his side George Soros jumped into the political arena in order to fight for progressives everywhere and that was on full display during the 2016 Presidential Election.
George Soros is one of the biggest donors in the entire Democratic party however he had largely been sidelined since 2008’s election of President Oabama. Soros, seeing how violent and dangerous Donald Trump could be, jumped right back into the machine in order to bring support to Hillary Clinton during her campaign. He also wanted to support other progressives up and down the ticket and all around the country. Soros would donate close to $25 million throughout the 2016 election. His activity would also spark more millionaire and billionaire progressives to start donating to the cause.Michael Vachon is the political adviser for George Soros. Vachon said of the political landscape’s stakes in 2016, “They were high even before Trump became the nominee.” Vachon went on to explain that Trump’s rise only gave Soros more fuel and energy to get involved and make a difference.