George Soros, the billionaire investor whose net worth is valued at $25 billion, has been one of the most vociferous critics of President Donald Trump. A teenage Jewish refugee who barely escaped persecution by the Nazis, he is now a philanthropist supporting the cause of refugees and a liberal world order.
A recently-released research study sheds light on the values of white working-class voters in the United States and the reasons these voters strongly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Three researchers from three different universities authored the study, titled “White Working-Class Views on Belonging, Change, Identity and Immigration.”
Open Society Foundations, a network of political organizations controlled by left-wing billionaire George Soros, funded the study. The researchers spoke candidly with over 400 people who identify as members of the white working class. In 2016, Trump was the ‘hope and change’ candidate for white working-class voters.
The participants in the study say they view Trump as “strong” and “hardworking.” The Trump campaign “personified an insurgent, anti-establishment rage against ‘politics as normal,’” according to the study participants. “In many ways, Trump was the hope and change candidate in 2016, as Obama had been in 2008, albeit representing different constituencies.” Some Trump voters say they were “appalled by” some of Trump’s statements during the campaign but “they valued that he was a ‘straight talker’” who appeared “‘direct’ and ‘honest’ in contrast with his opponents during the Republican primaries and the presidential campaign.”
Here is the full list, what they found:
- In 2016, Trump was the ‘hope and change’ candidate for white working-class voters
- Trump hit a very deep, very raw cultural and economic nerve
- Throngs of white working-class voters utterly detest Hillary Clinton
- White working-class voters view themselves as hard workers who value honesty
- White working-class voters are sick and tired of political correctness and identity politics
- White working-class voters think ‘white privilege’ is a bunch of idiotic claptrap
- White working-class voters strongly oppose illegal immigration
- “The working class has been abandoned or exiled by the Democrats”
During the 2016 campaign, Soros donated close to $20 million to various causes, including more than $10.5 million to Trump’s opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. After Trumps’s election victory, Soros predicted Trump will appease foreign dictators, sacrificing American principles for his administration’s success.
“On the contrary, Trump will have greater affinity with dictators,” he said. “That will allow some of them to reach an accommodation with the U.S., and others to carry on without interference. Trump will prefer making deals to defending principles. Unfortunately, that will be popular with his core constituency.”