An article on the Politico website details how billionaire investor George Soros, who made significant financial contributions to the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, met recently with powerful Democratic politicians and other wealthy liberal donors in Washington to discuss what went wrong in the 2016 presidential and congressional elections and how to fight back against Trump over the next four years. The attendees of the conference included Nancy Pelosi and Elizabeth Warren.
Soros, who is originally from Hungary and made a fortune from running a hedge fund and orchestrating high-finance deals of various types, has long been a contributor to liberal causes and campaigns. He was, naturally, horrified by the election of Trump. Soros is part of the Democratic Alliance on theatlantic.com, a select group of Democratic donors, and will probably be important in the efforts of the left to get someone other than Trump elected president in 2020.
At the conference, attendees re-assessed their approach to supporting Democratic candidates, with an emphasis on preparing for the next round of Congressional elections. It was generally agreed that in the 2016 elections, the Clinton campaign failed to win over white working class voters, and the idea came up that perhaps this demographic should be targeted more in future elections. Others at the conference simply felt that Democratic campaigners had not done enough to raise excitement among the females and minorities who are generally supportive of Clinton but did not turn up to vote for her. Attendees consoled themselves with the fact that Clinton won the popular vote by a large amount.
While Soros declined to talk with Politico for article, during the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, he spoke up strongly against both Trump and Republican Ted Cruz and went so far as to say that their inflammatory xenophobic rhetoric actually helps ISIS recruit new terrorists. Because he escaped Nazi-occupied Hungary as a child, has traveled widely, and is highly successful, the views of Soros on virtually any topic related to finance and world affairs are well worth taking note of. He will doubtless remain an influential figure in the future.