Explosive device left at home of Democratic megadonor George Soros

The Jewish billionaire philanthropist, who is a favorite right-wing boogeyman, has been blamed for migrant caravans

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published October 23, 2018 9:03AM (EDT)

George Soros (AP/Olivier Hoslet)
George Soros (AP/Olivier Hoslet)

George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who has become a pariah among conservatives for his support of liberal candidates and causes, received an explosive device in the mail at a New York residence on Monday.

The device was found in a mailbox at a Soros residence in the hamlet of Katonah, according to The New York Times. Katonah is located in the town of Bedford, which is situated in the northern area of wealthy Westchester County. Other celebrities located in the community are actress Glenn Close, television personality Martha Stewart and fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

"An employee of the residence opened the package, revealing what appeared to be an explosive device. The employee placed the package in a wooded area and called the Bedford police," the police said in a statement. In order to protect anyone from being harmed by the explosive device, which did not go off at Soros' residence, the police "proactively detonated" it in a secure location.

The Times report described the incident as unusual for the town of Bedford:

The town is known for its insularity and lack of gossip, which allows for well-known residents to fly under the radar. “They look to Bedford as to being protective of their privacy,” John Stockbridge, Bedford’s historian, said in a phone interview.

Mr. Stockbridge said that the town has largely avoided drama or violent scares. “I’ve been here for 35 years and I don’t remember any incident like what you’re talking about,” he said.

Soros has been a popular target among Republicans and other conservatives in the Trump era, with the repeated criticisms of the Jewish financier causing some to speculate that there may be underlying anti-Semitism in their motives.

The most recent occasion took place last week when Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., tweeted that "BREAKING: Footage in Honduras giving cash 2 women & children 2 join the caravan & storm the US border @ election time. Soros? US-backed NGOs? Time to investigate the source!"

Gaetz's accusation was completely unsubstantiated and has not been reinforced since it was made. The migrant caravan, on the other hand, remains a potent political issue, with Trump even characterizing it as a threat to the United States.

Earlier this month, Trump tweeted that "the very rude elevator screamers are paid professionals only looking to make Senators look bad. Don’t fall for it! Also, look at all of the professionally made identical signs. Paid for by Soros and others. These are not signs made in the basement from love! "

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a professional writer whose work has appeared in multiple national media outlets since 2012 and exclusively at Salon since 2016. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012, was a guest on Fox Business in 2019, repeatedly warned of Trump's impending refusal to concede during the 2020 election, spoke at the Commonwealth Club of California in 2021, was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022 and appeared on NPR in 2023. His diverse interests are reflected in his interviews including: President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981), Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak (1999-2001), animal scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997-2001), inventor Ernő Rubik, comedian Bill Burr ("F Is for Family"), novelist James Patterson ("The President's Daughter"), epidemiologist Monica Gandhi, theoretical cosmologist Janna Levin, voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs"), mRNA vaccine pioneer Katalin Karikó, philosopher of science Vinciane Despret, actor George Takei ("Star Trek"), climatologist Michael E. Mann, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (2013-present), dog cognition researcher Alexandra Horowitz, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson (2012, 2016), comedian and writer Larry Charles ("Seinfeld"), Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman (2000), Ambassador Michael McFaul (2012-2014), economist Richard Wolff, director Kevin Greutert ("Saw VI"), model Liskula Cohen, actor Rodger Bumpass ("SpongeBob Squarepants"), Senator John Hickenlooper (2021-present), Senator Martin Heinrich (2013-present), Egyptologist Richard Parkinson, Rep. Eric Swalwell (2013-present), Fox News host Tucker Carlson, actor R. J. Mitte ("Breaking Bad"), theoretical physicist Avi Loeb, biologist and genomics entrepreneur William Haseltine, comedian David Cross ("Scary Movie 2"), linguistics consultant Paul Frommer ("Avatar"), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (2007-2015), computer engineer and Internet co-inventor Leonard Kleinrock and right-wing insurrectionist Roger Stone.

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