After Hillary Clinton’s stunning loss in last week’s presidential election, liberals have been left wondering how to move forward in a political climate that suddenly has become far more hostile. Chief among them might be the billionaire George Soros, who according to Politico is now gathering at a Washington, D.C. conference with Democratic Party fundraisers and politicians to discuss future plans.
Party big names like Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison are slated to appear at the meeting of the Democracy Alliance, a Soros-backed group that brings together liberal megadonors for discussions of funding and strategy. Its members are obligated to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to progressive causes per annum.
Obtained by Politico, the agenda written out for the confab pledges donors to push back on “a terrifying assault on President Obama’s achievements — and our progressive vision for an equitable and just nation.”
According to the news site, the D.A. had a major hand in promoting Clinton’s bid for the presidency, and also in advancing the idea that a new coalition of women and minorities would turn the Democratic Party into an unstoppable force in national elections — a thesis that took a beating last week.
Not everyone is buying the Soros line.
“DA itself should be called into question,” an unnamed party strategist at the conference told Politico. “You can make a very good case it’s nothing more than a social club for a handful wealthy white donors and labor union officials to drink wine and read memos, as the Democratic Party burns down around them.”
Soros plowed tens of millions of dollars into races up and down the ballot this cycle, seeing more success in some local contests than in the national one. In Arizona, he backed an effort that removed anti-immigrant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio from office.
His political activism was not without costs in this election cycle, as the ‘alt-right’ caricatured him in terms that many viewed as anti-Semitic.
Filled with attacks on elite power, the Trump’s closing ad last week pictured Soros, Fed chairman Janet Yellen and Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein together and implied that all three were part of “a global power structure that is responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities.”
Daniel J. Solomon is the Assistant to the Editor/News Writer at the Forward. Originally from Queens, he attended Harvard as an undergraduate, where he wrote his senior thesis on French-Jewish intellectual history. He is excited to have returned to New York after his time in Massachusetts. Daniel’s passions include folk music, cycling, and pointed argument.