MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell was forced to correct the record on Wednesday after a Florida Trump supporter said she doesn’t trust electronic voting machines in her state because they are “funded” by “George Soros,” referring to the recent target of an assassination attempt and favorite right-wing bogeyman.
Speaking to MSNBC correspondent Ali Vitali in Estero, Florida, ahead of tonight’s President Trump rally, the voter stated a widely-debunked right-wing conspiracy that claims the billionaire philanthropist owns a stake in a particular brand of voting equipment (Smartmatic).
“Also, I want to say, that I did a paper voting because I don’t trust George Soros who has funded all of these voting machines,” the voter falsely claimed live of the air.
“I believe they are going to be corrupt and so I feel more confident with the paper vote which was already done,” she continued.
At the end of the interview, Mitchell quickly debunked the anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, noting: “That woman is misinformed because the fact is that the state machines are all run by Rick Scott, the [Republican] governor, a state official, and George Soros has absolutely nothing to do with it.”
Earlier this month, President Trump falsely claimed that Soros paid for anti-Kavanaugh protesters and just recently claimed that he has paid the caravan of migrants currently making their way toward the US border.
Soros’s son, Alexander Soros, said in an op-ed last week that many attacks on his father over the years have been “dripping with the poison of anti-semitism”.