News from the latest document dump.
A new batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails was released last night on New Year’s Eve. One particularly entertaining exchange revealed that the progressive billionaire George Soros had some regrets over the 2008 election.
Kristina Wong reports at The Hill:
Clinton emails: Billionaire Soros said he regretted backing Obama
George Soros, a billionaire Democratic donor, told a close Hillary Clinton ally that he regretted supporting President Obama over her in the 2008 Democratic primary, according to an email released Thursday by the State Department.
Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden said in a May 2012 email to Clinton that Soros made the admission to her during a dinner.
“I told him I worked for you in the primaries and he said he’s been impressed that he can always call/meet with you on an issue of policy and said he hasn’t met with the President ever (though I thought he had),” Tanden wrote.
“He then said he regretted his decision in the primary – he likes to admit mistakes when he makes them and that was one of them,” she added.
“He then extolled his work with you from your time as First Lady on. You probably have heard this all before but on the off chance you haven’t, I thought I should let you know. Thanks again for doing the video!” she wrote.
An August 2012 article in The New Yorker said Soros gave $5 million to help elect Obama in 2008, and that he later felt snubbed by the president.
“Confidants say that, although he still supports Obama, Soros has been disappointed by him, both politically and personally,” the article said. “When Soros wanted to meet with Obama in Washington to discuss global economic problems, Obama’s staff failed to respond.”
Soros recently weighed in on the 2016 election but his focus was on Republicans.
Eliza Collins reported at Politico:
Soros: Trump and Cruz want you to be afraid
George Soros is calling on voters to “resist the siren song of the likes of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz” if the U.S. is to effectively fight terrorism.
Soros, a prominent billionaire, Democratic donor, and founder of the Soros Fund Management LLC, wrote an op-ed in The Guardian titled, “The terrorists and demagogues want us to be scared. We mustn’t give in.”
In the article, Soros argues that extremist groups like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda are hoping to create a strong sense of anti-Muslim sentiment around the world so that Muslims see no other option but to get involved with terrorism.
“Jihadi terrorist groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaida have discovered the Achilles heel of our western societies: the fear of death,” Soros writes. “Through horrific attacks and macabre videos, the publicists of Isis magnify this fear, leading otherwise sensible people in hitherto open societies to abandon their reason.”
Will Soros have more regrets four years from now?
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