Conservative capitalist Koch holds Trump accountable for his bigotry

❝ Conservative patriarch Charles Koch and his vast network is vowing to oppose President Donald Trump if and when he deviates from their dedication to “free and open societies.”

This weekend alone, Koch raised concerns about whether the Republican president will adopt an “authoritarian” governing style. Koch’s chief lieutenants condemned the nascent administration’s plans to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure projects. And the Koch network’s many donors lashed out at Trump’s push to block immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.

“It doesn’t do any good for us to be positioned as hating whole classes of people,” said Erick Brimen, who, like the other 550 or so donors who gathered at a luxury California hotel this weekend, will pay at least $100,000 this year to fund Charles and David Koch’s nationwide network of policy and political organizations…

❝ The sentiment was in line with a formal statement released Sunday by the Koch network, which said Trump’s “travel ban is the wrong approach and will likely be counterproductive.”

❝ Many who attended this weekend’s Koch donor conference reported anxious optimism about the extraordinary opportunity for conservatives. They highlighted strong ties between the Koch network and the Trump administration. And even before it is announced, Koch’s team is preparing to devote its tremendous resources to defend Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court.

Yet there are also deep concerns about a new president with no long-term commitment to conservative priorities like free trade, free markets and small government.

“Our suspicion is we’re going to get three parts good and one part bad,” said Chris Wright, a Colorado-based energy entrepreneur. “We’re worried about the one part bad.”

Always interesting to see the way America’s rightwing devolves – when push comes to shove. Mike Pence is one of those political cretins who rejects an inclusive democracy altogether. He claims to be a Christian, conservative and Republican in that order. The Koch Bros own all three of him.

Trump OTOH cares for nothing more than the world of real estate development – and folks tugging on their forelock when they address his majesty. The Koch Bros leave the ignorant, the idiocracy to Trump.

5 thoughts on “Conservative capitalist Koch holds Trump accountable for his bigotry

  1. Harbinger says:

    “Goldman Sachs Economists Are Starting to Worry About President Trump” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-06/goldman-sachs-economists-are-starting-to-worry-about-president-trump “Just a few weeks ago, Wall Street analysts were busy boosting their economic forecasts on the expectation that President Trump would implement sweeping corporate-tax reform, a rollback of regulations, and new fiscal stimulus. Two weeks into his term and the president has been focused primarily on immigration and trade, causing a reevaluation among analysts at some banks that harks back to pre-election concerns about Trump’s uncertain effect on markets and U.S. economic growth.”

  2. Matthew 19:24 says:

    “Koch brothers plan to spend millions to fight Trump tariffs” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/06/04/koch-brothers-network-spend-millions-oppose-trump-tariffs/669764002/
    “Billionaire David Koch, in ailing health, steps away from a conservative political empire” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/06/05/billionaire-david-koch-ailing-health-leaves-political-empire/672140002/ Charles Koch, 82, remains at the helm of the family’s oil, chemical and textile conglomerate. Koch Industries is the country’s second-largest private company after Cargill and makes everything from components in iPhones to Brawny paper towels. The company has made the brothers among the planet’s richest men. Forbes estimates they are worth $60 billion each.

  3. Wolf in sheep suit says:

    Koch brothers float possibility of backing congressional Democrats in 2020 primaries (6/7/19) https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2019/06/koch-brothers-float-backing-democrats-in-2020/ “Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the Koch brothers-backed political organization that has spent tens of millions of dollars supporting Republican candidates in the last several election cycles, says it is open to supporting candidates of any political party, according to an internal memo from AFP CEO Emily Seidel obtained by CNBC. [see links]
    …AFP founder David Koch and his brother Charles have given millions of dollars from their personal fortunes to Republican candidates and causes over the last few decades. In recent years, however, the Koch brothers have come into conflict with President Donald Trump on issues including trade and immigration, and they reportedly told other major conservative donors this winter that they will not back the incumbent president in 2020.
    The latest memo nonetheless reflects a surprising shift in the Koch network’s priorities. However, AFP’s stated support for politicians of any party appears to be limited to incumbent candidates facing primary challengers.”

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