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Trump Defended George Soros During 2011 Tea Party Rally: ‘Leave Him Alone’

trump-4-1The Daily Beast had an interesting flashback Tuesday to the time Donald Trump interrupted his speech at a Tea Party rally to suddenly defend liberal billionaire George Soros.

The Beast notes that even after his sudden road-to-Damascus conversion to conservatism, Trump has been notably silent about attacking Soros, the bankroller of a vast network of liberal advocacy groups and a favorite target of conservative firebrands. They note that Soros and Trump were once on good enough terms that Soros lent Trump $160 million in 2004 to help fund his Chicago Trump Tower.

As late as 2011, when Trump was building his conservative bonafides by doing a Tea Party circuit, he defended Soros during a rally:

Trump even once encouraged conservatives to lay off the billionaire.

“Oh, forget Soros, leave him alone, he’s got enough problems,” Trump said at a 2011 Tea Party rally when one attendee yelled the billionaire’s name at him.

“He goes, ‘What about Soros!’” Trump continued. “Let’s talk about somebody else.”

Sure enough, The Blaze’s Glenn Beck played audio of the moment on his radio show shortly after it happened.

In a sign of things to come, Beck criticized Trump’s ties to Soros and other high-profile liberals, and questioned his actual commitment to conservatism. “Anybody else find it odd that he would say let’s get off of George Soros?” he asked pointedly.

Watch above, via The Glenn Beck Show.

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