Soros Fingerprints All Over #NotMyPresident Protests
Left-wing donors spending hundreds of thousands to foment anti-Trump unrest
Activist groups funded by radical billionaire George Soros are fomenting civil unrest in the streets in hopes of kneecapping President-Elect Donald Trump even before he takes the oath of office on Jan. 20.
Those groups — including MoveOn and Black Lives Matter — are hurling the same old tired smears and epithets at Trump that they used during the election. Trump is racist, xenophobic, misogynist, anti-gay, fascistic, heartless, and plain old sinister, they shriek.
The affluent network of big donors who have given more than $500 million to left-wing groups since 2005 began a three-day meeting this past Sunday.
There is evidence that some anti-Trump protests after the election were staged events in which rent-a-mobs were imported from out of state. Soros is well-known for funding such inauthentic political activism. Democrat Hillary Clinton personally authorized illegal dirty tricks operations against Trump’s campaign, according to top Democrat operative Robert Creamer in undercover video shot by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Action Fund.
NBC affiliate KGW reports that more than half of the anti-Trump demonstrators arrested in Portland, Oregon, weren’t Oregon voters. Of 112 taken into custody by the Portland Police Bureau, at least 69 of them “either didn’t turn in a ballot or weren’t registered to vote in the state.”
The Left’s goal, as it was during and after the bitter 36-day Florida recount in 2000, is to delegitimize the incoming president because he is a Republican. Democracy isn’t working properly if it puts non-leftists in power, left-wingers reason, so all GOP chief executives must be vigorously opposed.
While violent anti-Trump demonstrations become increasingly common across America following his dramatic come-from-behind victory last week, Soros and his wealthy leftist friends in the secretive Democracy Alliance donors club are drafting an anti-democratic blueprint for post-election anarchy aimed at neutralizing threats to their interests and favored causes.
The affluent network of big donors, who have given more than $500 million to left-wing groups since 2005, began a three-day meeting this past Sunday at the pricey Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the nation's capital. The mood there among attendees ranged from funereal to defiant as shell-shocked Democrat donors who gave small fortunes to Hillary Clinton's doomed campaign came to grips with the former secretary of state's stunning loss to a man who had never before run for office.
On the official agenda was a discussion of "what happened" on the "cataclysm of Election Day," and a focus on "combating the massive threats from Trump and Congress in 2017," according to Kenneth P. Vogel of Politico.
Democracy Alliance president Gara LaMarche said in prepared remarks to the meeting that "we [are] gear[ing] up to resist the Trump administration" and will assess "what steps we will take together to resist the assaults that are coming and take back power, beginning in the states in 2017 and 2018."
Similarly, the Left organized protests against then-newly elected President George W. Bush after the bitterly fought extended recount in the 2000 election in an effort to delegitimize the president-elect. The protests spanned both of Bush's terms and no doubt helped to drive his approval numbers down.
But after eight years of President Obama's Saul Alinsky-inspired tactics, including the near-constant vilification of opponents and the dangerous racial polarization the 44th president has cultivated, tensions are much, much rawer now than they were in 2000.
Protests aimed at undermining the president-elect's legitimacy began springing up in the wee hours of Wednesday, Nov.9, after TV networks called the race for Trump. Soon after that, this writer saw and spoke to a handful of protesters who showed up at the new Trump International Hotel a few blocks away from the White House just after 4 a.m. On Oct. 1, "Black Lives Matter" and "No Justice, [No] Peace" with the second "no" expressed using a red circle with a slash, were spray-painted at the hotel's entrance. On Nov. 12, a photo circulated of a protester holding a sign reading "Rape Melania," a reference to the incoming first lady, at a large demonstration outside that hotel.
Many of the protests in large urban centers dominated by Democrats that began in earnest after Election Day are still going on. There have been thousands of arrests nationwide.
The first day of protests appears to have set the tone for subsequent protests. The evening of Nov. 9, a female demonstrator participating in massive protests in Los Angeles called for bloodshed in an interview on CNN.
"If we don't fight, who is going to fight for us?" said a Latino woman identified only as Lily. She continued:
"People had to die for your freedom where we're at today. We can't just do rallies, we have to fight back … There will be casualties on both sides. There will be, because people have to die to make a change in this world. Trump, enough with your racism. Stop splitting families. Don't split my family."
But Portland, Oregon, has emerged as the violent epicenter of the post-election protests. Activists caused a riot on Nov. 10 that led to more than $1 million in damage and one person being shot in the leg. Black Lives Matter has been heavily involved in the demonstrations in Portland and across America.
Black Lives Matter released a statement this week denouncing Trump and urging resistance to his presidency.
"Our mandate has not changed: organize and end all state-sanctioned violence until all Black Lives Matter," the mini-manifesto begins. It refers to Trump's victory as "the election of a white supremacist to the highest office in American government."
Trump's electoral triumph leaves BLM supporters feeling "betrayed."
"Donald Trump has promised more death, disenfranchisement and deportations. We believe him. The violence he will inflict in office, and the permission he gives for others to commit violence, is just beginning to emerge. In the face of this, our commitment remains the same: protect ourselves and our communities."
A Black Lives Matter leader vowed in the spring to riot if Trump won the election, Infowars reported in March. Rapper Tef Poe tweeted, "Dear white people if Trump wins young n*ggas such as myself are fully hell-bent on inciting riots everywhere we go. Just so you know."
Through his philanthropies, George Soros gave at least $33 million to Black Lives Matter-related activist groups that generated and exacerbated the civil unrest that rocked Ferguson, Missouri, and the nation after the August 2014 death of Michael Brown.
Among those groups were ACORN successor group Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), Make the Road, Equal Justice USA, Sojourners, Advancement Project, and Center for Community Change, as Kelly Riddell reported in The Washington Times in January 2015.
At the #HeretoStay march this past Sunday in support of illegal aliens, protesters marched from Columbus Circle to Trump Tower in Manhattan, blocking intersections as they chanted slogans.
A male voice could be heard addressing the crowd over a loudspeaker, ABC News reported. "Make America great again," the voice said. "The only way we're going to make America great again is by loving each other!"
According to its Facebook page, the #HeretoStay event was sponsored by many groups that have received funding from George Soros through his philanthropies, Open Society Institute and Foundation to Promote Open Society. (The now-defunct Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now also received funding from Soros's philanthropies.)
Some of those Soros-funded groups are: Make the Road ($1,001,780 since 2001); New York Immigration Coalition ($550,000 since 1999); Global Action Project ($518,000 since 1999); Citizen Action ($150,000 since 2000); and Center for Popular Democracy ($130,000 since 2014).
The Marxist group Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and ACORN successor group New York Communities for Change (NYCC) also sponsored the march.
Make the Road organizer Felix Gardon said protesting is imperative to raise awareness of what he termed Trump's "xenophobic policies."
"People need to be aware that immigration forms our social fabric," Gardon said. "This man is trying to set America back 60 years."
Make the Road said it was Trump's ambition to "tear apart millions of families."
"New Yorkers and communities across the country are standing up in resistance to the anti-immigrant agenda that Mr. Trump has pledged to enact as president—which would include stripping DREAMers of protected status from deportations and tearing apart millions of families through mass deportation," the group said in announcing the protest.
The most influential of progressive grassroots organizations, MoveOn, was heavily funded by Soros during the George W. Bush administration. It is unclear how much — if anything — Soros has given MoveOn in recent years, but funders associated with the Democracy Alliance have funded the group's PAC.
NextGen Climate Action Committee, a PAC created by energy tycoon and Democracy Alliance member Tom Steyer, gave $75,000 to MoveOn's PAC in September. Another DA member, investor Sandor Straus, gave MoveOn's PAC $25,000 in October.
Since Trump's victory, MoveOn's mass emails to members, often a reliable guide to left-wing thinking, have had a volatile quality, ranging from melancholy to indignant. MoveOn members often organize their own protests or participate in demonstrations arranged by other groups.
One email begins, "Dear MoveOn member, Our hearts are broken. We're being flooded with gleeful right-wing hate mail."
"This is a disaster. We fought our hearts out to avert this reality. But now it's here. The new president-elect and many of his most prominent supporters have targeted, demeaned, and threatened millions of us — and millions of our friends, family, and loved ones. Both chambers of Congress remain in Republican hands. We are entering an era of profound and unprecedented challenge, a time of danger for our communities and our country."
A third whines about the Electoral College, complaining that it "has outlasted its usefulness," and that it is "disenfranchising" all non-Republican and non-Democrat voters, "including independents, Libertarians, and Green Party members." It urges the abolition of the institution.
Meanwhile, although President Obama and defeated Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton have issued conciliatory statements, they could end the mass leftist mob violence if they wanted.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Obama, Clinton, and other Democratic Party leaders must calm their supporters and encourage a peaceful transition of power.
Trump is "there for them, and he is going to be a president that listens and takes the counsel of many different people, including those from the other side of the aisle," Conway said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "It's time really for President Obama and Secretary Clinton to say to these protesters, 'This man is our president,'" Conway added.
George Soros and his fat cat friends in the Democracy Alliance also could end the wave of leftist intolerance and antidemocratic thuggery.
But they won't.
Matthew Vadum is senior vice president at Capital Research Center.