Soros: “Everything That Could Go Wrong Has Gone Wrong’

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George Soros. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

New York liberal billionaire donor George Soros lamented the state of world events in an interview published Saturday: “Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.” In a rare interview with The Washington Post, Soros, 87, said he did not expect Republican Donald Trump to win the 2016 presidential election. “Apparently, I was living in my own bubble,” he said, later adding that Trump “is willing to destroy the world.” Soros spent at least $25 million mobilizing Democratic voters to support Hillary Clinton and other left-wing candidates in 2016, according to the Post. But he is also under fire from critics across the globe, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to Rosanne Barr, and several district attorney candidates he backed in this week’s California primary lost. “We ran into a brick wall in California,” said Soros, who plans to spend at least $15 million on the November races. “The bigger the danger, the bigger the threat, the more I feel engaged to confront it,” Soros said after speaking at a Human Rights Watch conference in Zurich on Thursday. “So, in that sense, yes, I redouble my efforts.” He also acknowledged that the Soros-bashing could blunt his impact. “It makes it very difficult for me to speak effectively because it can be taken out of context and used against me,” he said. Reflecting on the 2016 race, Soros said Clinton would have made a “very good president,” but she was not a strong campaigner. “She was too much like a schoolmarm,” Soros said. “Talking down to people . . . instead of listening to them.” He remained, however, firm on his views about Trump, describing him as a “narcissist” who “considers himself all-powerful.” Soros disagrees, though, with fellow liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s impeachment push — telling the Post he would only back such an effort if the Democrats retook Congress and gained some help from Republicans. Here’s the cost, he said: “This would make [Vice President] Pence the president, who is much more competent in representing the far right, whose views with which I disagree, than Trump himself.”