Billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros has become the target of Donald Trump supporters, who have begun organizing protests against the prominent Democratic donor whom they see as contributing to civil unrest in the wake of the 2016 elections.
The Hungarian-born investor, a Jew who survived the Nazi occupation during World War II and who has committed about $12 billion of his fortune to human rights work around the world, has long been a lightning rod for conservatives for his support of progressive causes.
That criticism reached a fever pitch online since the presidential election as Trump voters and conspiracy theorists see Soros' hand — and wallet — in the protests that raged across the country in the days following the election. It's a claim of financial support Soros' Open Society Foundations disavows.
"At the end of the day, it seems like he's sending groups to create chaos and disorder for no reason," said Rochelle Winther of Los Angeles, who is circulating information about him on social media, concerned that Soros is promoting hate through protests. "I don't see how that helps anybody."