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George Soros IS linked to Trump indictment, despite NYT LIES
What would we do without the New York Times? A recent piece from the publication details why right-wing claims that George Soros is connected to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg — who may move forward with a Trump indictment soon — are baloney. But thankfully, Glenn saves the day, explaining in this clip why the New York Times — shockingly — is LYING. George Soros IS linked to the possible Trump indictment, with one million dollars possibly at play…
Below is a rush transcript that may contain errors
GLENN: What would we do with the New York Times?
Listen to this, Stu. As a potential indictment looms over president Donald J. Trump. He and his allies have taught to tie the Manhattan district attorney, bringing the case to a familiar Republican Specter, George Soros.
STU: They didn't. Oh, come.
GLENN: Yeah. Soros who has backed democratic candidates and causes, as well as democracy and human rights, all around the world.
STU: Loves democracy. Loves human rights.
GLENN: He does! He's been the bogeyman on the right, for many years.
STU: You mean like a mythical creature in the night.
Doing all these negative things. But in reality, he doesn't even exist.
GLENN: Well, here's the deal. He had to confront a task that portray him as a globalist mastermind, and they often veer into.
STU: Anti-Semitism, right?
GLENN: Yes. The connections between him and Alvin Bragg -- this is the New York Times. Between him and Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan District Attorney, are real. But overstated.
STU: Wait. So they are real. This isn't a conspiracy.
GLENN: They are real. But they're overstated!
STU: Oh, they are overstated. Okay. Okay.
GLENN: In reality, Mr. Soros donated to a liberal group, that endorses progressive prosecutors, and supports efforts to overhaul the criminal justice system.
STU: Okay. So basically, if I could just translate the -- the Republican lies here for a moment.
GLENN: Yes. Right.
STU: Basically, what happened, George Soros wrote a 5,000-dollar check to a charity. And that charity gave a ton of money to this candidate. And George Soros was a small part of it. Because George Soros is Jewish, people are just -- signaling him out basically.
That's the way this works? Is it?
GLENN: Sure. Sure.
Here's the deal: He did donate to that liberal group that endorses progressive prosecutor and supports efforts to overhaul the justice system. But this isn't in line with causes that he's publicly supported for years.
STU: Okay. See, that's what I mean.
GLENN: So he wasn't going after this guy in particular.
STU: So let me guess. He gave a donation, years ago.
And that money just sat in the -- in the bank account for a while. And eventually was given out by this organization.
This one guy that they're highlighting because they want to make the big Donald Trump conspiracy.
It's so typical of these conservatives.
GLENN: Oh, okay. So here's the thing: While the link between Mr. Bragg and Mr. Soros does exist, arguments that the district attorney was bought is misleading.
Mr. Bragg announced his candidacy for the position in June 2019, nearly two years later.
GLENN: On May 8th, 2021, the political arm of Color of Change.
STU: Oh, good organization.
GLENN: A progressive criminal justice group, endorsed him!
It pledged it would send a million dollars on direct mailers on the ground campaign voting and voter turnout efforts on his behalf.
STU: Okay. So a small portion of that money was the money that George Soros had already --
GLENN: No. No. Will you listen? You're jumping to conclusions.
STU: I am. I am.
GLENN: It didn't donate to Mr. Bragg's campaign directly. There was no money. They were just doing that. Okay?
GLENN: A few days later, a few days later.
GLENN: May 14th. Mr. Soros contributed a million dollars to the group.
STU: Come on.
GLENN: Right. Which intended to help Mr. Bragg with the money. But he didn't do it.
STU: Wait. Let me make sure I understand here.
STU: So color of change announces publicly, they want to give $1 million exactly to this candidate.
Three days later, George Soros gives $1 million to this organization. And says he wants it to go to the candidate.
GLENN: Well, no. He says, here's a million dollars. I don't care how you use it.
STU: Did he though?
GLENN: Well, I mean, you're making it up, that he said that.
STU: I thought what he just said -- he intended --
GLENN: The New York Times just said, Mr. Soros contributed $1 million to the group, which intended to help Mr. Bragg with the money.
STU: So the group intended to do it. And he just happened to donate the exact amount of money, three days after they, quote, unquote, publicly announced it.
GLENN: And he just happened to be there. He didn't know that Color of Change didn't meet its pledge.
It eventually spent nearly $500,000 in support, and that was at 11 percent of the group's $4.6 million in spending. Okay?
STU: How much was Soros' spending of 1 million out of 4.6. Gee, he's not important to this organization at all.
GLENN: A spokesperson for the political arm of Color Change said the group reviewed an interviewed reformed minded district attorneys each election cycle. And the process was independent of all the funders.
Mr. Soros was just one of many large donors to the group. Past donors, include, write this down. The members of the wealthy Pritzker family, the Facebook cofounder, Dustin Moskovitz, and the hip-hop group, The Beastie Boys.
Mr. Bragg was -- no. I'm glad that they're influencing our campaign.
Mr. Bragg was not the only candidate for Color of Change that they endorsed, and aided through organizing efforts.
The group also helped with George Soros' money, to re-elect Larry Krasner, the district attorney of Philadelphia, okay?
And all they did was contact more than 300,000 voters, and sent nearly 200,000 pieces of direct mail on his behalf.
In addition, it also operated phone banks, ran advertisements, and mobilized voters to support the local candidate in Virginia with a ballot initiative in Minneapolis.
Nor was Mr. Soros 1 million-dollar contribution particularly unusual. Soros has given to the group, multiple times, before it endorsed Mr. Bragg.
He personally donated 450,000 between 2016 and 2018.
STU: Wait. But what the hell does this matter?
GLENN: And his pack gave 2.5 million in 2020.
STU: We agree that George Soros funds crazy, terrible attorney candidates.
GLENN: There is no connection between George Soros and Alvin Bragg. I'm quoting: No contact between the two.
STU: It says that?
George Soros and Alvin Bragg have never met in person or spoken by telephone, email, Zoom.
STU: What does that matter?
GLENN: There has been no contact between the two.
Mr. Soros has been open about his year's long support of progressive prosecutors.
In fact, in a 2022 op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Soros explained his thoughts on overhauling the criminal justice system, and wrote, quote, we have -- no, the idea, we need to choose between justice and safety is false.
I have supported in the election, and more recently, the reelection of prosecutors, who support reform.
I've done it transparently. And I have no intention of stopping.
He says, look, we have justice.
And that's what I'm pushing for.
And you say, that it won't be as safe, that's false.
STU: We have to spend more time on this.
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STU: So what do they think the accusation here is?
That they were buddies?
I never thought that George Soros and Alvin Bragg were hanging out and going to coffee in the morning.
The accusation is George Soros has an insane political philosophy that gets people killed.
And he's been paying for these candidates at the campaigns.
GLENN: See, there you go. There you go.
There's your connection.
Trying to tie George Soros to Alvin Bragg, saying that he's in his pocket because he's paying for the campaigns.
STU: Yes! I think there's a -- this happens all the time, where George Soros gives $100,000 to an organization that winds up supporting something, you know, multiple years later.
And it's still an interesting time. That's interesting.
This is way, way more clear than that. They announced a million dollars for this guy. And three days later, he gave a million dollars to the organization, to give to this guy.
GLENN: You know, you're a guy. You are a guy, I guarantee. I guarantee, just by the way you're saying, you're against the New York Times. When they come after the Koch brothers. When they come out and say, hey, there's no connection. No connection to their money and the politicians and the policies that they're supporting. There's no connection.
STU: They have issues -- the one that is alive, that has issues that they believe in. And they donate to organizations that support those.
GLENN: No, you say that's evil. Because that's the New York Times.
I mean, the New York Times has got to be saying that's evil with the Koch brothers.
STU: There's no problem whatsoever with George Soros giving his money to an organization he believes in.
The problem is, the things he believes in, are killing our society. That's the problem. He can give his money. But we can also note that he's the cause of all the things that are happening to us.
GLENN: He's just looking for justice.
STU: Of course, there's a connection. What do you mean there's no connection?
You just outlined an incredibly clear connection.
GLENN: I apologize. If anybody is in tasted Brock's organization, who is an attorney for Perkins Coie, happens to be listening. It's all on him.
I'm with you. I'm for justice.