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Democrats Criticize Johnson Over Baseless Claim Linking George Soros to Campus Protests

George Soros (Credits: New Statesman)

The recent remarks by Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) suggesting George Soros’ involvement in pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses have sparked strong backlash from Jewish Democrats, who argue that such unfounded accusations perpetuate antisemitic tropes.

Johnson’s assertion, made during an interview with NewsNation’s “The Hill” program, implied that Soros, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, may be funding the protests to undermine Israeli influence.

This baseless claim aligns with a broader narrative in conservative circles that Soros manipulates global events for personal gain, a portrayal that many Democrats view as inherently antisemitic.

GOP Speaker Mike Johnson (Credits: CBS News)

Jewish lawmakers within the Democratic Party have condemned Johnson’s remarks, highlighting the irony of combating antisemitism with further antisemitic rhetoric. Representatives Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) and Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) were among those who criticized Johnson’s comments, emphasizing the harmful impact of perpetuating antisemitic stereotypes.

Johnson’s suggestion that Soros is orchestrating the university protests is part of a larger campaign by Republicans to condemn pro-Palestinian demonstrations on college campuses. However, Democrats have dismissed these assertions, viewing them as unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.

The notion that Soros is behind the protests is not new among Republicans, with other lawmakers, such as Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) and Rep. Mark Alford (R-Mo.), also invoking Soros in their speculations about the origins of the demonstrations.

George Soros

George Soros (Credits: CNBC)

Despite attempts to link Soros-backed organizations to Palestinian groups involved in the protests, such connections remain tenuous, with no concrete evidence of Soros’ direct involvement. Critics argue that these allegations only serve to fuel antisemitic sentiment and distract from legitimate discussions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

As the debate over the protests continues, Jewish Democrats and other critics are calling for a rejection of baseless conspiracy theories and a focus on addressing the underlying issues fueling the demonstrations. They warn against the dangerous consequences of promoting antisemitic tropes, particularly within the context of a multiplex geopolitical conflict.

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