‘Mr. Soros as a mature adult verified that he had no sense of guilt about the role he played…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Texas congressman Louie Gohmert is under fire for repeating a widely cited claim that leftist billionaire and global activist George Soros helped Nazis confiscate Jewish property during World War II — but Gohmert isn’t backing down.
Gohmert made the controversial comments during a Fox Business interview on Thursday.
Hours later, Open Society Foundation president Patrick Gaspard demanded an apology for what he described as “a disturbing and false anti-Semitic slur against George Soros.”
“You are not entitled to misrepresent his and his family’s courage during such a terrifying and difficult period in our history. This kind of vile discrimination and lying would be troubling to see at any time,” Gaspard wrote in a letter to the Texas Republican.
But the problem for Gaspard, is that Soros admitted it.
Soros, who is Jewish, founded the Open Society Foundation, making the Hungarian-born billionaire Gaspard’s boss. The organization funds and organizes left-wing activist groups around the world, and most prominently in the United States — which was the context of Gohmert’s remarks.
Gohmert referenced a 1998 60 Minutes interview with Soros that centered on his stock-market manipulations, one of which was making billions from crashing the British pound.
At one point, CBS interviewer Steve Kroft asked Soros about his rumored European wartime experiences:
KROFT: You watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.
SOROS: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that’s when my character was made.
KROFT: In what way?
SOROS: That one should think ahead. One should understand and anticipate events when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a very personal experience of evil.
KROFT: That sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
SOROS: Not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t see the connection. But it was, it created no, no problem at all.
KROFT: No feeling of guilt?
KROFT: For example that, “I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.” None of that?
SOROS: Well, of course I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that was, well actually, in a funny way, it’s just like in markets. That if I weren’t there, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else would be taking it away anyhow. And it was the — whether I was there or not — I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.
Not only has Gohmert refused to apologize for referring to Soros’ own words, he issued a rebuttal response to Gaspard’s letter Thursday evening.
“Mr. Gaspard, with the misnamed Open Society Foundation, has been very diligent to condemn opinions or allegations about Mr. Soros’ activity,” Gohmert, a former judge, wrote in a statement.
“Mr. Soros as a mature adult verified that he had no sense of guilt about the role he played in Nazis’ confiscation of property from the Jewish people during the Holocaust,” Gohmert said.
“As a very mature adult, if Mr. Soros had deep regrets about what he did when he was 14 years old and apologized, I would have nothing but sympathy and admiration. Were he ever to do that in the future, I would still have those same warm, respectful feelings,” he added.
Gohmert also pointed to Soros’s anti-Israeli activism in his response.
In July 2017, the Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying George Soros “continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.”