After Bomb Scare, Alexander Soros Demands A Change In Political Discourse

"We must find our way to a new political discourse that shuns the demonization of all political opponents."

After Bomb Scare, Alexander Soros Demands A Change In Political Discourse

Alexander Soros, the son of the wealthy philanthropist George Soros, penned an op-ed in The New York Times condemning the string of bomb scares across the country this week.

On Monday afternoon, an explosive device was delivered to George Soros' suburban home north of New York City. Someone recognized the package before it got to its intended target. They called the police and had the package detonated safely, Alexander said. But on Wednesday, another string of similar incidents began to spread in the news: explosive devices had been mailed to Barack and Michelle Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, a former attorney general and the Time Warner Building in New York City where CNN shoots their television show, among others. 

"While the responsibility lies with the individual or individuals who sent these lethal devices to my family home and Mr. Obama's and Ms. Clinton's offices, I cannot see it divorced from the new normal of political demonization that plagues us today," Soros wrote in his op-ed. "I am under no illusion that the hatred directed at us is unique. There are too many people in the United States and around the world who have felt the force of this malign spirit. It is now all too 'normal' that people who speak their minds are routinely subjected to personal hostility, hateful messages on social media and death threats."

George Soros is often the focal point of right-wing conspiracy theories and credited for any Democratic or liberal victories in the political world. Right-wing pundits and even President Donald Trump have often accused the billionaire of paying protesters to disrupt events. 

While the elder Soros is often demonized as a liberal donor and operative, his political ideology is much more moderate than most people know. He has often championed bipartisanship and hesitates to even describe himself as a Democrat. Instead, he says his motivation for donating to so many Democrats was the "extremism of the Republican party," The New York Times reported. He's also condemned the extreme left. 

"We are far removed from the days when Senator John McCain rebuffed his own supporters during the 2008 election to patriotically defend his opponent, Mr. Obama — all because he believed that the health of our democracy was more important than his personal political gain," Alexander wrote.

As political tensions continue to rise, so too are calls for civility increasing in their frequency. Last week, A Plus spoke to Republican Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, who expressed dismay at death threats his wife received and spoke candidly about the need for America to return to a more civil era in politics.

On Wednesday, Alexander echoed that sentiment. 

"We must find our way to a new political discourse that shuns the demonization of all political opponents," he wrote. "A first step would be to cast our ballots to reject those politicians cynically responsible for undermining the institutions of our democracy. And we must do it now, before it is too late."

Cover image via Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Ford Foundation.

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