George Soros, the billionaire Democratic megadonor, who have been at the center of Trump’s attacks has responded.
The district attorney bringing the case, Alvin Bragg, has been labeled a “Soros-backed prosecutor” by Trump, conservative media, and Republican lawmakers. Soros who is Jewish has also been the subject of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories regarding his influence.
In one post (of many) this month, Trump referred to Bragg, who is Black, as a “SOROS BACKED ANIMAL.” His lawyer later called that post “ill-advised” and it was deleted.
Soros spoke out about those claims in an interview with Semafor editor at large Steve Clemons, the morning after Trump’s indictment over his role in paying hush money to a porn star.
“Steve, I wrote this piece in the Wall Street Journal,” Soros replied, linking to his 2022 op-ed explaining his support for progressive criminal justice reform. “Anyone who wants to understand why I’ve donated to reform-minded prosecutors should read it.”
“As for Alvin Bragg, as a matter of fact I did not contribute to his campaign and I don’t know him,” he continued. “I think some on the right would rather focus on far-fetched conspiracy theories than on the serious charges against the former president.”