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Asked If George Soros Is Funding Caravan, Trump Says: ‘A Lot Of People Say Yes…I Wouldn’t Be Surprised’

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Asked If George Soros Is Funding Caravan, Trump Says: ‘A Lot Of People Say Yes…I Wouldn’t Be Surprised’




President Trump on Wednesday told reporters he wouldn’t be surprised if Billionaire philanthropist George Soros was funding migrants traveling in a caravan that is still nearly a thousand miles away from the U.S.-Mexico border.

REPORTER: Do think somebody is funding the caravan?

TRUMP: “I wouldn’t be surprised, yeah. I wouldn’t be surprised.”

REPORTER: George Soros?

TRUMP: “I don’t know who, but I wouldn’t be surprised. A lot of people say yes.”

Cesar Sayoc, the Florida Trump supporter suspected of mailing more than a dozen bombs to people and organizations President Trump has criticized, appeared to be obsessed with Soros, mentioning him dozens of times on one of his Twitter accounts and even mailing him one of the explosive devices, according to the Washington Post.



The Washington Post notes:

Robert D. Bowers, charged with killing 11 people Saturday at a Pittsburgh synagogue, also reposted several viral comments on a since-deactivated social media account about the migrant caravan. One post described the “third world caravan” as a group of approaching “invaders.”

Bowers directly posted a comment referring to “the overwhelming jew problem.” He spoke of the U.S. having a Jewish “infestation,” and reposted another user’s anti-Semitic comment: “Jews are waging a propaganda war against Western civilization and it is so effective that we are headed towards certain extinction within the next 200 years and we’re not even aware of it.”

The New York Times reports:

The baseless claims that George Soros is financing the migrants as they trek north, which carry a strong whiff of anti-Semitism, have been one of the most consistent themes of commentary on the caravan from the right. And their persuasive power was evident over the weekend in interviews at the president’s rally in Murphysboro, where several people described Mr. Soros, the liberal billionaire philanthropist, as the caravan’s mastermind and made assertions like “I’m positive he’s the one behind it,” “It looks a tad staged,” and “All these people are being paid off.”

Mr. Trump tweeted a video on Oct. 18 that purported to be of someone connected to Mr. Soros handing out cash to the migrants — one of several insinuations and attacks on Mr. Soros by Republican leaders and candidates this fall. Then, on Oct. 22, a pipe bomb was found at Mr. Soros’s house; the police have charged a Trump supporter, Cesar Sayoc, with mailing the bombs to Mr. Soros and other Democrats whom the president frequently criticizes.





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