Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Koch Brothers Hate Trump

Vanity Fair reports:

Trump’s candidacy could force a reckoning within the Koch network, whose members are largely leaning towards Rubio and Cruz. If Trump becomes the nominee and he faces self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders in November, the senior Koch official explains, members of the donor network are likely to hold their noses and back Trump’s candidacy. But there’s another scenario that could prove far more controversial and possibly damaging for the network: a Trump-versus-Clinton matchup. There is absolutely no love between the Clintons and the Kochs, whose company experienced one of the most traumatic periods in its history as it fought off regulators during Bill Clinton’s presidency. But, so strong is the dislike for Trump within the Koch network, that a Clinton-Trump race is a tough call. “I could see the network not participating in the presidential election at all,” says the senior Koch official. Such a decision would likely cause some donors to part ways with the Kochs, particularly those who are committed to electing a Republican at any cost.

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