In the 2016 presidential election, New York billionaire George Soros dropped $25 million to back Hillary Clinton and other Democrats.
That didn’t work out so well.
Soros, one of the biggest Dem donors in the last two decades, also backed Barack Obama in 2008.
Now, he’s not so happy with that decision.
Soros, 87, said in a New York Times article published Tuesday that Obama was his “greatest disappointment.”
But he immediately walked back the diss a bit — after an aide prompted him to do so.
Prompted by an aide, he immediately qualified himself, saying that he hadn’t been disappointed by Obama’s presidency but felt let down on a professional level. While he had no desire for a formal role in the administration, he had hoped that Obama would seek his counsel, especially on financial and economic matters. Instead, he was frozen out.
After Obama was elected, “he closed the door on me,” Soros said. “He made one phone call thanking me for my support, which was meant to last for five minutes, and I engaged him, and he had to spend another three minutes with me, so I dragged it out to eight minutes.” He suggested that he had fallen victim to an Obama personality trait. “He was someone who was known from the time when he was competing for the editorship of The Harvard Law Review to take his supporters for granted and to woo his opponents,” Soros said.
Soros, wouldn’t say whom he’s backing in 2020, but he did say, “I don’t particularly want to be a Democrat.” Now, the uber-liberal is calling for more bipartisanship.
Asked if he would support Bernie Sanders if the Vermont senator won the Democratic nomination in 2020, Soros said it was too soon to say. He expressed displeasure with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, another possible candidate, over her role in ousting Al Franken from Congress: “She was using #MeToo to promote herself.”
He said his main goal as a political activist was to see a return to bipartisanship, a surprising claim in light of his lavish support for the Democrats. It was the extremism of the Republican Party that had prompted him to become a major Democratic donor, he said; he wanted the Republican Party to reform itself into a more moderate party. He said he was not especially partisan himself: “I don’t particularly want to be a Democrat.”
He spoke of his respect for John McCain. He even said he would be inclined to give financial support to moderate Republicans like Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, although he quickly walked back that comment: “I shouldn’t say that. That would hurt them.” And while the Republicans had made bipartisanship impossible, he didn’t want to see the Democrats become more ideologically rigid and confrontational.
Soros also said, “I’m opposed to the extreme left,” he said. “It should stop trying to keep up with the extremists on the right.”