"This could induce Trump, whose narcissism has turned into a disease, to run as a third-party candidate. This would lead to a Democratic landslide and force the Republican Party to reform itself," Soros said at the 2023 Munich Security Conference, according to the Washington Examiner.
"DeSantis is shrewd, ruthless, and ambitious," Soros continued. "He is likely to be the Republican candidate." Trump, he said, "has turned into a pitiful figure continually bemoaning his loss in 2020. Big Republican donors are abandoning him in droves."
Soros, who is known for giving hundreds of millions of dollars to leftist causes, is the head of several networks and groups that promote social causes like climate change. He is also known to back soft-on-crime district attorneys.
Continuing on Trump, Soros said: "Trump is a deeply flawed character, a confidence trickster whose narcissism grew into a disease. He feels no commitment to democracy; democracy merely provides him with a stage on which to perform. As president, he was more interested in hobnobbing with dictators than in promoting democratic principles. Trump’s role model was Putin, who amassed a fortune while asserting total control over his country."
"Trump attracted a lot of non-educated white followers, but his biggest backers were the mega-rich — and he certainly delivered for them. First, he cut their taxes. Second, he nominated to the Supreme Court ideologues who embraced an extreme version of the Republican agenda. Third, he brought the Republican Party under his control by threatening those who didn’t swear loyalty to him with a challenge in the primaries," Soros said.
"Lastly, he encouraged Republican-controlled states to introduce outrageous measures of voter suppression to ensure that his party would remain in power indefinitely. With that program, he was almost reelected in 2020," he concluded.
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