An apparent explosive device has been found in the mail box at George Soros’ New York home. The device was contained in a package and was found by an employee. Nobody was injured and police were called to the billionaire’s home.
Bomb squad technicians were called to Soros’ home in Katonah, New York yesterday and the FBI is investigating. The incident comes amid the 2018 midterm elections, where Soros has become a talking point for Republicans. Soros has long been the subject of conspiracy theories.
Soros has become a bête noire of the right across Europe and the United States in recent years. The billionaire philanthropist has donated to a number of left-leaning causes and has become a target for conservative governments from Israel to Hungary.
Most recently, Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz suggested that Soros is funding the migrant caravan heading towards the US. This is part of a mass of misinformation surrounding the caravan. President Donald Trump has claimed that criminals and people from the Middle East are among the migrants. There is no evidence of this.
Soros has long been the subject of antisemitic conspiracies among the far right, including in online communities. Soros, who is Jewish, has been accused of being in the Nazi SS and leading Jews to their deaths. Soros was a child during the Nazi regime.
Republicans are not the first right-leaning politicians to target Soros. The government in his native Hungary ran campaign ads against him, while the Israeli government has also criticized him. It is too early to tell why the explosive device was placed in Soros’ mailbox, though there has been a significant uptick in rhetoric about him in recent weeks.