Billionaire financier George Soros slammed President-elect Donald Trump as a “con artist” and said his election is a threat against open society.
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“Democracy is now in crisis,” the Hungarian-born magnate and major Democratic donor wrote in a Project Syndicate column published Wednesday.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 30, 2016
“Even the US, the world’s leading democracy, elected a con artist and would-be dictator as its president. Although Trump has toned down his rhetoric since he was elected, he has changed neither his behavior nor his advisers. His cabinet comprises incompetent extremists and retired generals,” Soros wrote.
The election of Trump spells danger to democracy worldwide, Soros argued in the scathing piece in which he called the president-elect a “con artist and would-be dictator.”
Conservative columnist and unabashed Trump supporter Ann Coulter slapped Soros with a mocking tweet about his fake concern for democracy.
Soros takes break to declare Trump a threat to world order. And then he went back to manipulating other countries’ currencies.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 29, 2016
Soros’ gloom and doom rant continued.
“But the US will be preoccupied with internal struggles in the near future, and targeted minorities will suffer,” he wrote. “The US will be unable to protect and promote democracy in the rest of the world. On the contrary, Trump will have greater affinity with dictators. That will allow some of them to reach an accommodation with the US, and others to carry on without interference. Trump will prefer making deals to defending principles. Unfortunately, that will be popular with his core constituency.”
Soros, who supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign and other liberal causes worldwide, believes Russian President Vladimir Putin helped Trump win the U.S. election by spreading “misinformation and fake news” through the use of social media.
“I find the current moment in history very painful,’ he wrote, arguing that “elected leaders failed to meet voters’ legitimate expectations and aspirations and that this failure led electorates to become disenchanted with the prevailing versions of democracy and capitalism. Quite simply, many people felt that the elites had stolen their democracy.”
But the “86-year-old Hungarian Jew who became an US citizen after the end of World War II” is “confident that democracy will prove resilient” in the United States.
“Its Constitution and institutions, including the fourth estate, are strong enough to resist the excesses of the executive branch, thus preventing a would-be dictator from becoming an actual one,” he wrote.
Social media users were not too quick to buy the billionaire’s logic and responded on Twitter.
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