The President of the United States latched onto a far-right conspiracy Friday, tweeting to his millions of followers that George Soros — the Jewish billionaire who donates generously to progressive causes — paid women to confront senators ahead of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation vote.
Soros has long held center stage in anti-Semitic conspiracies floated by the likes of Alex Jones and the Gateway Pundit, in which the billionaire is cast as an evil mastermind funding the end of Western civilization as we know it.
According to ThinkProgress, President Trump’s tweet followed an appearance by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Fox News, during which he said he also believes Soros is behind the anti-Kavanaugh protests on Capitol Hill.
Both Republicans were referencing protestors, predominantly women, who confronted Senator Jeff Flake and others over their decision to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite credible sexual assault allegations against him.
Mother Jones noted that Trump’s tweet came just one week after Flake was confronted in a Senate elevator by women pleading with him to vote no on Kavanaugh, both of whom indicated they were sexual assault survivors themselves.
However, by Trump’s estimation, they were merely “elevator screamers” and “paid professionals” working for “Soros and others”.
One of those women called Trump out on his tweet, according to ThinkProgress:
> Ana Maria Archila, one of the sexual assault survivors who was filmed confronting Flake last week, responded to Trump’s tweet in a statement, saying, “No one can pay for someone’s lived experiences.”
The president’s tweet also comes just days after he openly mocked Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, in an attempt to rile up his base during a campaign rally.