Most politically aware Americans have heard of George Soros. A boogeyman to the right-wing, the liberal billionaire has dropped millions of dollars to boost Democratic candidates over the years. He’s been a prolific donor to liberal causes since wasting close to $24 million of his own money in an attempt to defeat George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election.
Soros, however, hasn’t used his wealth just to influence American politics. The Hungarian-born investor has spent millions in an effort to exert influence over his home country. But much like the conservatives who loathe him here in the states, government officials in Hungary just want Soros and his liberal agenda to go away.
Central Europe has witnessed a political backlash against the massive influx of migrants into the area. Most elected officials have either promised a change in policy or have been ousted at the ballot box by candidates promising to do so. For their part, government officials in Hungary have waged a two-year battle to keep migrants out of their small nation. The country built a fence along its border with Serbia to curb illegal immigration. The wall has since been considered a massive success.
Though the war over immigration policy apparently isn’t over in Hungary.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban just wrapped up a six-week anti-Soros campaign over the weekend. Streets in the capital city of Budapest are decorated with billboards and posters of a grinning Soros along with the caption “Don’t let Soros get the last laugh!” The Hungarian government warns that the liberal baron is using his network in Europe to enact an extreme open-borders policy on the continent.
“One of the elements of George Soros’s plan is for one million migrants to be brought into Europe every year,” Orban’s spokesman Zoltan Kovacs stated to The Daily Caller. “The second element in the billionaire’s plan would be a European asylum authority, which would seize powers in this area from the authorities of the member states.” Kovacs referred to Soros’ presence in the country as a “mafia-style network.”
In an effort to out Soros’ operation, lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would force NGO’s in the country to reveal where their funding is coming from and for what purpose the money was received.
Soros has vehemently pushed back against the Hungarian government’s campaign. In a statement, he claimed the posters of him smiling are anti-Semitic and a throwback to Nazi propaganda of the “laughing Jew.” A spokesman for Soros, Michael Vachon, referred to the prime minister’s accusations as “fantasy” and says Soros has no intention of importing millions of immigrants into Europe.
“Soros’s position is entirely consistent with mainstream European values,” Vachon said. “The Hungarian regime’s xenophobia and demonization of refugees are anti-European. The claim that Soros is promoting a scheme to import a million illegal immigrants into Europe is Victor Orban’s fantasy.”