The George Soros self-made billionaire currency trader, will continue to be a figure in the American political landscape. Soros attended a post-election conference of the Democratic Alliance (DA), held at the Mandarin Hotel in Washington DC, on November 14. Soros is one of the founding members of the DA. The DA’s stated aims are “a fair democracy, an inclusive economy, and an environmentally sustainable future.” The group includes wealthy and influential members, from an array of industries. Members like George Soros are required to donate funds to progressive causes, such as the protection of human rights and the preservation of the environment. The organization strongly supported Hilary Clinton this past election, and met in response to Trump’s surprising victory.
George Soros was a featured speaker at the DA meeting. His speech was described as invoking “… personal experience living through the Holocaust and Soviet Communism in the context of preparing for a Trump presidency.” The agenda also noted that Soros, who grew up in Hungary “… has devoted his foundations to protecting the kinds of open societies around the world that are now threatened in the United States itself.” Soros had spoken out previously against Trump’s strident anti Muslim rhetoric, saying Trump was “doing the work of Isis.” DA president, Gara LaMarche, who moderated Soros’ talk, said, “I don’t think there is anyone who has looked at Trump, including many respected conservatives, who doesn’t think the experience of authoritarian states would not be important to learn from here. And to the extent that George Soros and his foundations have experience with xenophobia in Europe, Brexit, etc., we want to learn from that as well.”
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The DA, is also now focusing on strategies for the next elections. LaMarche told members gathered at a welcome dinner, that reassessment was necessary. “You don’t lose an election you were supposed to win, with so much at stake without making some big mistakes, in assumptions, strategy and tactics.” He also emphasized that any reassessment should not randomly assign blame and “must take place without recrimination and finger pointing, whatever frustration and anger some of us feel about our own allies in these efforts.”
Although the DA admits mistakes were made, one DA pointed out Clinton’s significant lead in the popular vote as a sign the the efforts of the Democratic party had not completely failed. The fact that Clinton won the popular vote by a resounding margin, is no doubt some solace to George Soros and other DA members as they focus on the 2017 and 2018 statewide election. Issues such as increasing voter turnout, wooing blue collar voters, and protecting voting rights, will be a part of the DA’s efforts.
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