Sheldon Adelson, Billionaire Megadonor to GOP And Israel, Dead at 87

Chris Menahan
Jan. 12, 2021

The GOP lost the House, Senate and the Presidency and now their top donor, Sheldon Adelson, is dead.

From The New York Times:
Sheldon G. Adelson, a cabdriver’s son who built the world's largest empire of casinos and resort hotels in Las Vegas, Macau, Singapore and other gambling meccas and used his vast wealth to promote right-wing political agendas in America and Israel, died on Monday night. He was 87.

The cause was complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of blood cancer, his company, Las Vegas Sands, said on Tuesday in a statement. It did not say where he died.

[...] With cornucopias of cash, Mr. Adelson had for years showered king’s ransoms on Republican Party stalwarts. He was a major supporter of President George W. Bush in 2004 and gave $92.7 million to campaigns and super PACs supporting Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and others in 2012. He told Forbes that he was willing to spend $100 million to defeat President Barack Obama.

Mr. Adelson's influence was on display in March 2014, when four prospective presidential candidates -- Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Scott Walker of Wisconsin and John Kasich of Ohio, and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida -- went to Las Vegas for what critics called an audition before the Republican Party’s most coveted and fearsome moneyman.

"The four Republican candidates prostrated themselves, seeking Adelson's stamp of approval and cash," Thomas B. Edsall wrote on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times.
Sheldon Adelson's last act was to fly traitor Jonathan Pollard out of America to Israel on his personal private plane.

"I am not Israeli. The uniform that I wore in the military, unfortunately, was not an Israeli uniform. It was an American uniform," Adelson told a group in Israel in 2010. "Although my wife was in the IDF and one of my daughters was in the IDF … our two little boys, one of whom will be bar mitzvahed tomorrow, hopefully he'll come back-- his hobby is shooting -- and he’ll come back and be a sniper for the IDF."

"All we care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart."

Adelson was a warhawk who in 2013 expressed support for nuking Iran with a pre-emptive strike as a negotiation tactic.

Donald Trump Jr. hailed Adelson as a "true American patriot" after hearing news of his passing.

Adelson is reportedly going to be buried in Israel.

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