Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich pushed a conspiracy theory on Fox News on Sunday morning that Jewish billionaire George Soros helped to finance and steal the 2020 presidential election for Joe Biden.
On “Fox & Friends,” Gingrich said, “I think he [Biden] would have to do a lot to convince Republicans that this is anything except a left-wing power grab financed by people like George Soros, deeply laid in at the local level. And, frankly, I think that it is a corrupt, stolen election.”
Political commentator Jedediah Bila quickly hit back, saying: “The accusation of incidents of voter fraud, which do happen in every election, unfortunately, is very different from the accusation of a stolen election. That’s very serious.”
Bila continued, pushing Gingrich for evidence, “The implication that there’s enough widespread voter fraud going on that would have changed the outcome of the election. I haven’t seen evidence of that to this moment. Is that what you’re suggesting has happened here?”
Gingrich, who has pushed Soros conspiracy theories on Fox News before, responded saying that poll workers are Democrats that hid the evidence and claimed that the “deep state” was at work here. Trump quickly echoed Gingrich’s claims the election was stolen on Twitter, citing Gingrich on the social media platform.
Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist who has long been a target of conspiracy theories, has recently been falsely accused of orchestrating and funding the protests over police killings of Black people that have roiled the United States. Amplified by a growing number of people on the far right, including some Republican leaders, online posts about Soros have skyrocketed since June.