(This article appeared briefly in the Huffington Post in August 2015. It links George Soros and Hillary Clinton to the disruptions of Bernie Sanders political rallies by members of the group Black Lives Matters, which Soros bankrolls to the tune of millions of dollars. The article lasted a few hours on the liberal Huffington Post until its liberal editors pulled the article and scrubbed it from the Internet. This article was recovered via cache retrieval methods.)
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a Democratic primary candidate for the 2016 Presidential election, has been protested, heckled, and prevented from speaking multiple times by “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) protesters during the recent weeks of his campaign. This includes at the progressive Netroots Nation conference in Phoenix, Arizona in July, and over the weekend in Seattle, Washington. Black Lives Matter is a movement which gained notoriety in the wake of multiple killings of unarmed black men by police officers in the US. The message of BLM is hugely important; I couldn’t agree more with the underlying message of BLM. There are undeniable systemic inequalities in the US that disproportionately impact and affect black Americans. By working on and trying to solve these problems, life will improve for all Americans, regardless of race. This is beyond question.
However, I’m concerned with the recent protests against Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and Democratic long shot candidate Martin O’Malley. Noticeably absent from the list of candidates protested in this way by BLM activists are Hillary Clinton, and the entire slate of Republican candidates.
Particularly distasteful about these protesters is that Bernie Sanders is the candidate who would most positively change the issues cited as important by BLM. Senator Sanders’ past record and campaign platform unequivocally show that among the Democratic and Republican candidates for President, he is the best option for improving on the systemic issues facing black Americans. If BLM is only going to protest some of the 2016 candidates, the candidate who should be last on the list to protest is Bernie Sanders.
Relying solely on publicly available and widely reported data, we have to ask whether this incongruity between Sanders’ politics and the clear desire by BLM to protest Sanders could be the result of pro-Hillary Clinton astroturfing involving, in part, liberal billionaire George Soros.
Disclaimer: I am a fan of George Soros. I have read his writing, I have followed him for a long time, I find his personal story incredibly compelling, and I agree with most of the groups he funds.
This story is not about George Soros as a person, but merely an exploration of what role he and pro-Hillary Clinton activists have within the BLM protests of Senator Bernie Sanders.
What we do know:
–The BLM buzzword was grown & publicized greatly by groups stemming from the Ferguson, Missouri protests, including Colorlines News for Action, Organization for Black Struggle, and the Drug Policy Alliance.
–George Soros spent over $30 million bankrolling these groups
–George Soros is also one of the top funders of Hillary Clinton SuperPACs, including Priorities USA Action and American Bridge 21st Century.
–Hillary Clinton has not been the target of these recent BLM protests.