Right-wing trolls on the internet aren’t typically known for their intelligence or creativity. They do have a few favorite phrases when trying to insult progressives online, though. “Snowflake” is quite possibly the favorite, but a close second is “Soros-owned,” or some derivative therein.
George Soros is a big-time Democratic financial donor who, as a child, barely escaped the Nazi occupation of his homeland, Hungary. But “Holocaust survivor” doesn’t play as well on Fox News as “Democratic donor,” so that’s where the right-wing prefers to hone their focus to slander him or to use him as a synonym for Democratic conspiracies.
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Soros, who is well into his 80s, does not comment often on the invocation of his surname to slander liberals – that is, until Roseanne Barr riled up a media firestorm over a racist tweet which elevated an appalling Soros-themed tweet to the public eye.
On Memorial Day, while Trump was patting himself on the back and simultaneously spitting in the eye of the very people the day is meant to honor, Barr tweeted “Chelsea Soros Clinton,” with no other context.
Clinton responded in her typical classy way, which spurred a particularly anti-semitic response from Barr:
The allegation that the pre-teen Soros was a Nazi-collaborator during the Second World War incensed Soros who, by way of a spokesman, issued this response to The New York Daily News:
“George Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary as a 13-year-old child by going into hiding and assuming a false identity with the help of his father, who managed to save his own family and help many other Jews survive the Holocaust.
Barr’s words are sickening, but not surprising considering that she once posed for photos dressed as Hitler with charred gingerbread men cookies coming out of an oven.
The primary takeaway from Barr’s swift and sudden downfall should be simple – when a person shows their true colors, believe them the first time.
Now if only supposedly centrist Republicans could feel the same about Donald Trump, perhaps the future won’t turn out as bleak as it looks.