Editor’s Note: On the political right Soros has been a most despised and controversial figure although after seeing an unofficial documentary “Soros” directed by Bob Dylan’s son Jesse at the Telluride Film Festival my opinion of him and his financial contributions to numerous progressive grass roots organizations changed. As a Jewish child he barely survived Nazi fascism and after the Berlin Wall came down in the eighties was largely responsible for liberalizing many Eastern block countries of Europe (which were extremely repressed). So like him or not (much like those on the political left who hate Trump) he is a man who has shaped the post-war world.
The most prominent funder of left-wing political activism in the United States, billionaire George Soros, believes Elizabeth Warren is “most qualified” among the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
“She has emerged as the clear-cut person to beat,” he told the New York Times in an interview published Friday. “I don’t take a public stance, but I do believe that she is the most qualified to be president.”
Soros said, however, he’s not endorsing any candidate.
“I don’t express my views generally because I have to live with whoever the electorate chooses,” said Soros, 89, the Hungarian-born founder of the Open Society Foundations.
CNBC noted that Wall Street financiers are divided on Warren, a critic of “corporate greed” who proposes a new tax on the wealthy.
Soros was among the signatories of a letter in June supporting Warren’s tax proposal.
Soros, in the New York Times interview, said President Trump “is still doing a tremendous amount of damage.”
He added that the recent decision to remove U.S. troops from Syria “has been devastating for America’s influence in the world.”
Sections of the whistleblower complaint alleging President Trump pressured Ukraine’s president for political advantage relied on a self-described investigative journalism organization funded by Soros, reported Aaron Klein of Breitbart News last month.
In March, the Washington Free Beacon reported Soros bankrolled a massive “hate crime” database used by media that is stocked with claims by the likes of the discredited Southern Poverty Law Center and the Hamas-founded Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The partners that used the database of unverified claims of hate crimes include Google News Labs, New York Times Opinion and ABC News, according to tax documents and interviews.