The Koch Brothers have woken up from their Libertarian dream into a fascist nightmare, and are already backpedaling furiously to save their political cash and capital in the rapidly dissolving Trump presidency.
Over the weekend, the Koch brothers condemned Trump’s ban of refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations. Investors in the Koch industry have also expressed their disapproval with the proposition that the Trump administration might pay for a border wall by imposing a 20 percent tax on all Mexican imports.
The Koch brothers, sensing the temperature of the political climate, elected not to give their customary millions to a presidential candidate. Instead, they invested in Republican Senate candidates and won big. Now they, too, are dealing with Trump’s presidency, and they see the writing on the wall.
Charles Koch himself alluded to Trump while speaking to donors, saying that the U.S. could “go the authoritarian route … or we can move toward a free and open society. So this is our opportunity.”
Brian Hooks, co-chairman of the Koch’s network, had this to say about the path Trump is taking:
“The message is very, very clear: The American people are hurting and they need for things to get better. And if things don’t get better, then we should expect history to repeat itself. Not only will millions of Americans dreams be dashed, but we should expect that the political pendulum will swing with even more force in the other direction next time — even further to the left than Bernie Sanders or Liz Warren.”
Basically, if Trump bungles his chance (and he certainly already has), it will be the far left’s turn – a veritable nightmare for billionaire Koch’s and their ilk.
Though the Koch network realizes what a pickle they are in, they spent most of their time trying to reassure their associates that the next prize is kicking even more Democrats out of office in the midterm. Instead, we expect them all to be fighting tooth and nail to keep their president in office well before then.