Not only were Roseanne Barr’s claims about George Soros offensive — but they were also blatantly inaccurate.
The controversial actress — whose sitcom was canceled following a wave of shocking remarks — was seemingly echoing a conspiracy theory that accuses Soros, who grew up in Hungary, of being a Nazi sympathizer.
Soros, now 87, has long supported liberal causes and has therefore been attacked frequently by conservative pundits who tout this theory. But it would’ve been impossible for Soros to be a Nazi as Barr claims, however, as he was only 9 at the onset of World War II.
The minimum age for the Schutzstaffel, better known as Adolf Hilter’s merciless Nazi army the SS, was 17. By the time the Holocaust ended in 1945, Soros was still only 14. This dynamic was previously pointed out by the fact-checking website Snopes, which has disproven the conspiracy suggesting Soros supported the Nazis.
Soros, who is Jewish, managed to survive after the Nazi party occupied his native Hungary when he was 13, which his spokesman pointed out in a statement slamming Barr’s accusation Tuesday. His Jewish heritage would’ve prevented him from joining the Nazis even if he wanted to, and he was instead forced to hide his Jewish identity to protect himself as a child.
Soros confirmed during a 1998 appearance on “60 Minutes” that he pretended to be Christian to survive, and acknowledged he did accompany someone described as his protector as they confiscated land from Jewish citizens.
He explained in the interview that he was “only a spectator,” however, and “had no role in taking away that property.”
Soros’ spokesman said Tuesday that the allegations made by Barr were “insulting.”
“He did not collaborate with the Nazis,” his rep said in a statement. “He did not help round up people. He did not confiscate anybody’s property. Such false allegations are insulting to the victims of the Holocaust, to all Jewish people, and to anyone who honors the truth. They are an affront to Mr. Soros and his family, who against the odds managed to survive one of the darkest moments in our history.”
Barr was also inaccurate in saying Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Hillary Clinton, is married to one of Soros’ nephews. That theory was previously promoted in a 2016 Facebook post by Scott Baio who, like Barr, is conservative.
Clinton herself refuted this theory on Tuesday by tweeting at Barr, who had called her “Chelsea Soros Clinton.”
“Good morning Roseanne — my given middle name is Victoria. I imagine George Soros’s nephews are lovely people,” Clinton wrote. ‘I’m just not married to one. I am grateful for the important work @OpenSociety does in the world. Have a great day!”
Barr’s recently revived series “Roseanne” was canceled Tuesday following her tweets about Soros, as well as a post where she called former President Barack Obama’s adviser Valerie Jarrett the baby of “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes.”