Fox Business Network Apologizes For Rep. Louie Gohmert Pushing Anti-Semitic George Soros Conspiracy Theory

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas tried to spread an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory about Jewish billionaire George Soros on the Fox Business network:

You mention Orwell, it also reminds me of another George, George Soros…

George Soros is supposed to be Jewish, but you wouldn’t know it from the damage he’s inflicted on Israel and the fact that he turned on fellow Jews and helped take the property that they own.

Gohmert’s right-wing conspiracy theory — Soros was a Nazi sympathizer during World War II-  went unchallenged by host Stuart Varney, who later distanced himself from Gohmert:

Congressman Louie Gohmert, for some reason went out of his way to bring up George Soros and made unsubstantiated and false allegations against him. I want to make clear those views are not shared by me, this program or anyone at Fox Business.

The fact-checking website Snopes debunked this theory some time ago:

The simple truth is that George Soros neither said nor did anything resembling what he has been accused of. In no sense was Soros, who turned 14 years old not long after the Germans occupied Hungary in 1944, a “Nazi collaborator.”

At no time did he confiscate (or help confiscate) the property of Jews, “identify Jews to the Nazis,” or help “round up” people targeted for deportation or extermination by the Germans (to answer just a few of the accusations leveled against him).

(Sources: Snopes, Fox Business News, Fox Business News via Twitter)

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