Trump promotes mass murderer’s anti-Semitic conspiracy theory

Trump promotes mass murderer’s anti-Semitic conspiracy theory

The Hill reports:

President Trump said Wednesday that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if billionaire philanthropist George Soros or someone else is funding the caravan of Central American migrants moving toward the U.S.

“I wouldn’t be surprised,” Trump told reporters outside the White House when asked if “someone” is paying for the caravan.

“George Soros?” a reporter interjected.

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

The unfounded conspiracy theory that Soros, a Democratic megadonor, may be providing financial support for the group of migrants has steadily spread among conservatives in recent weeks, The Washington Post reports.

Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs have all raised the idea that the group was receiving outside funding from Soros or politically motivated groups, and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) suggested in a tweet that Soros was paying the migrants without elaborating any further. [Continue reading…]

Earlier, Slate reported:

As a profile of Robert Bowers begins to emerge, particular attention is being paid to how the man who is suspected of opening fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning and killing 11 people was fond of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. He frequently threatened Jews on social network Gab. His anti-Semitic and nationalist views seemed to combine perfectly in his penchant to frequently post about the migrant caravan making its way from Central America to the United States. President Donald Trump and Republicans as a whole have turned the caravan into a rallying cry ahead of the midterms, but to an untrained eye the connection may seem a little perplexing. But Fox News has often talked about a connection between the caravan and George Soros, who is often described by anti-Semites as the head of a “globalist” effort that is “seeking to undermine a white, Christian social order,” as Talia Lavin wrote in the Washington Post recently.

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