In a rare interview with The Washington Post, billionaire Holocaust survivor George Soros, a favored target of the “alt-right,” opened up about the current political climate and anti-Semitic attacks against him.
Most recently, Soros found himself in the crossfires of Roseanne Barr’s Twitter rant. Barr tweeted that Soros is “a nazi who turned in his fellow Jews to be murdered in German concentration camps & stole their wealth,” which Donald Trump Jr. later retweeted.
In response, Soros said to The Washington Post that such allegations are a “a total fabrication” and “annoy me greatly.” Soros told The Washington Post that he survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary by using false papers at age 13.
Soros also spoke out against an advertisement run by President Trump’s campaign in 2016, calling it “a coded anti-Semitic message.” The advertisement, Trump’s final one on television, spoke out against “global special interests” that “control levels of power in Washington.” All of the financial leaders depicted in the video were Jewish, including Soros and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
Soros said that consistent attacks on his background and spending can impede his ability to speak out.
“It makes it very difficult for me to speak effectively because it can be taken out of context and used against me,” Soros said to The Washington Post.
Soros also touched upon several motivating political issues throughout the interview. Notably, he said that he will not back Kristen Gillibrand for president in 2020 due to her role in Al Franken’s resignation from the Senate.