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House Majority Leader Deletes Tweet Saying Soros, Bloomberg Are Buying Midterms

(JTA) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused George Soros, Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg of trying to “buy” the upcoming elections for Democrats.

The Republican congressman from California tweeted a video of himself making the comments on Tuesday and temporarily pinned it to the top of his feed before deleting the Twitter post entirely.

All three men McCarthy mentioned are Jewish billionaires who donate heavily to liberal causes. Many Twitter users objected that McCarthy had singled out three Jews, and that his tweet attacking Soros appeared a day after an explosive device was found at Soros’ suburban New York home.

“The three individuals who are funding the Democratic Party: one is Soros, one is Tom Steyer — his main goal is trying to impeach President Trump — and then Bloomberg who reregistered as a Democrat,” McCarthy said on Oct. 14 on Maria Bartiromo’s Fox News show.

The tweet contained audio from that interview and images of the three billionaires.

On Wednesday, two days after the bomb was found at Soros’ home, similar devices were sent tothe homes of former President Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as at the Time Warner Center in New York City. 

McCarthy’s California office also was vandalized on Monday. The vandals reportedly threw rocks through the office window and stole some equipment from inside. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York linked the vandalism and the bomb at Soros’ house in a Tuesday tweet, condemning “radicals across the the political spectrum.”

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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