'Trickster' Trump still dangerous, says Soros

Top News | AGENCIES 14 Aug 2020

Billionaire financier George Soros is confident the United States will weather the pandemic - and eventually do a better job than Europe - but maybe when there's a new man in the White House.

In an interview with Italian publication La Repubblica, Soros, who just turned 90, warned that the pandemic could be harmful to democratic societies.

"The instruments of surveillance produced by artificial intelligence are very useful in bringing the virus under control and that makes those instruments more acceptable even in open societies," he said.

And, the Hungarian-American added, a "confidence trickster" like Donald Trump can be elected president and undermine democracy from within.

But the United States has "a great tradition of checks and balances and established rules," Soros said. "And above all you have the constitution. So I am confident that Trump will turn out to be a transitory phenomenon, hopefully ending in November."

And until the election that month, Soros said, Trump is "very dangerous [because] he's fighting for his life and he will do anything to stay in power."

He said Trump will be held accountable for his violations of the constitution if he loses the presidency.

Soros said the pandemic is "the worst crisis in my lifetime since World War II" and people are "disoriented and scared, leading them to do things that are bad for them and for the world."

Trump supporters have consistently propagated conspiracy theories about Soros, accusing him of being part of a globalist elite bent on suppressing American voters for his own financial gain, according to news magazine Newsweek.

His son Donald Trump Jr has even shared a theory accusing Soros - a Jew who posed as a Christian to survive Nazi-occupied Hungary during World War II - of being Nazi himself.

Trump has also accused Soros - without providing evidence - of funding caravans of Central American migrants heading to the US border in 2018.

Multiple polls have put presumptive Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden ahead of Trump in national polls and in the swing states that will decide the election. Trump has dismissed the polls as "fake news" and expressed confidence he will win a second term.

Trump has also falsely claimed that mail-in ballots might make the result void and hinted he may not accept the result of the election if he loses.

Last month, he suggested postponing the election due to the pandemic, prompting outrage even among conservatives, Newsweek said.

Trump has also heaped praise on Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won a Republican primary contest over a more mainstream Republican in Georgia this week.

Greene promotes the smear that Soros was really a collaborator who "turned in his own people over to the Nazis."

Greene also backs the QAnon conspiracy theory that says Trump and a mysterious entity called Q are fighting a satanic, deep state, pedophile cult that secretly controls much of the world.

Trump praised her as a "future Republican Star" and that "she's all but sure to enter Congress."



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