The Koch brothers are billionaire industrialists. Running politicians fight for their support during election years. However, it appears that in this election cycle at least, the Koch brothers are not truly on anyone’s side. Known for their support of far-right politicians in the past, this year it appears that they might be more willing to lean ever-so-slightly more to the left.
The Koch brothers are not ones to keep their opinions to themselves, and have often landed in hot water because of it. In response to accusations that stated that they will endorse Hillary Clinton, Charles Koch stated that the rumors were “blood libel.” The statement is incredibly offensive because of its linguistic roots — which go back to telling about the false allegations of Christian and Jewish murders.
The brothers have made plenty of comments about Donald Trump’s campaign. In reference to the Trump idea that all Muslim-Americans should have their name in a database, Koch stated that this was “reminiscent of Nazi Germany.”
However, the brothers aren’t soon to publicly endorse anyone. Koch and company are more middle-of-the-road than anyone, expressing a belief that the words and actions of both candidates are frightening and also not thoroughly well-thought-out.
Charles Koch stated in one interview about Clinton, “We would have to believe her actions would be quite different than her rhetoric. But on some of the Republican candidates … before we could support them, we’d have to believe their actions will be quite different than the rhetoric we’ve heard so far.”
The two brothers have other plans though to change the country. They are focused solely on maximizing the number of Congressional leaders, Senators, and members of the House. This is their effort to try to create a government that they approve of, without endorsing a major party candidate.
This idea of influencing the Senate is also a statement of how the American people should think. If you are a registered voter but you don’t want to support a major presidential candidate, focus all of your energy on the Senate and the House of Representatives. The President truly has no power without the support of these two institutions, so take charge while voting.
The lack of support for either candidate is totally unprecedented for the Kochs. In all their years of being supporters of the Republican party, the two have given over 42 million dollars to the party. They have even given over 750 million dollars to the Associated Press, in just the 2016 year.
For the Republican party, it would most likely change the entire presidential race if the Koch brothers began to bestow their financial support to Hillary Clinton. In this turbulent election year, even the most die-hard Republicans are not down to vote for, or even endorse, Donald Trump.
Trump also recently lost the endorsement of Mark Cuban, who is the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks. With the loss of these huge Republican endorsements, voters should start to understand that not even republicans or anyone wants to vote for Trump.