Mr Soros’ Open Society Foundations organisation called on the Texas politician to apologise and accused him of making a “disturbing and false antisemitic slur”.
Mr Gohmert’s remarks came during a Fox Business interview in which he was asked about Google’s plans in China, but went off on a tangent about Mr Soros instead.
“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 owned,” he stated.
The idea the Hungarian-born billionaire helped the Nazis confiscate property from Jewish people during the war is a discredited conspiracy theory that has been circulating online since 2016.
Here’s the interview. First he says he did help with the confiscation and then he tries to clean it up sounding like a drug dealer whose client had just OD’d: “Well if I hadn’t sold it to him somebody else would have.”
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