Trump Takes on "Globalist" Koch Brothers

Glen Norman
August 2, 2018

The Koch Network did not endorse Trump's 2016 run.

Republican officials on Tuesday privately interpreted what the Kochs did as a warning shot, meant to convey that siding with Trump, while politically enticing, will carry a political cost with their groups.

Representatives of the Koch network announced Monday that the group would not be supporting Rep. Cramer, who is now in a toss-up race against Democrat Sen.

The Koch network has demonstrated in recent months - albeit on a limited basis - a willingness to praise Democrats and condemn Republicans in specific situations.


On Monday, the political advocacy network created by the billionaire industrialists announced it would not back the GOP candidate in the North Dakota Senate race. Robert Casey - for a vote to increase federal spending.

The Koch-backed network of political organizations - which were founded by brothers Charles and David Koch but now include a larger group of donors - have historically spent millions of dollars backing like-minded Republican candidates for office. "The fact that we're willing to do this during an election year shows everyone that we're dead serious".

The Koch brothers' statements against Trump come less than 100 days before the midterm elections and could have a major impact.

Charles Koch has said he doesn't care if Democrats take back the House of Representatives in 2018. David Perdue, R-Ga., a former corporate leader and Trump ally, said in an interview.


"A lot of libertarians are big advocates for divided government". "At the same time, personally, I don't know that I'd be happy to see Nancy Pelosi as speaker".

One of the early protesters was Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Florida billionaire Jeff Greene. "I have no problem with it whatsoever".

Trump has consistently framed his policies as pro-worker, often citing GDP growth and job numbers at near-record highs to bolster his case, though the vast majority of economists say his policies could lead to ruin for some sectors of the economy.

Tensions remained between the two camps - in part fueled by the Kochs' status as key members of the Manhattan donor network, a group that has long rejected Trump, even as the president staffed his administration with a number of Koch alumni. One reason is that they'd like to make sure that all this stuff about tariffs doesn't go to too many Republicans' heads.


Charles Koch, the 82-year-old billionaire and head of the Koch political network, also told reporters tariffs implemented by the president "could" cause a recession in the US if the effects are "severe enough" and suggested his group could dial back fundraising support of Republicans who don't work to oppose the president's unilateral trade moves.

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