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Monday, June 13, 2016

Trump to Koch Brothers: I don't need your money

After the Koch Brothers said they won't give their usual $1 million to the Republican convention -- what the anti-Trump Bloomberg News agency called "Trump Coronation in Cleveland" (gotta please the boss, Mike Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump thanked the brothers for proving he cannot be bought.

From the story:
"The nice thing is, I don't want or need their money or support," Trump said in a statement to Bloomberg on Friday. "They were very upset when the people they were supporting were soundly defeated by yours truly, but I think the American public will be happy to know that the Koch brothers will not have influence over a Trump administration or the lives of the American people."
The Kochs oversee a donor network that plans to spend about $450 million on conservative causes this year. This week, Charles Koch told USA Today that Trump campaign staff plan to meet with Koch officials in the coming days to find potential areas of common ground. But in the interview, Charles Koch said that the candidate would have to shift his stance on a number of policies, such as free trade, to win his support. And he said Trump's recent comments about a judge's Mexican heritage were “unacceptable.”
Separating himself from the Koch Brothers may help Trump with the Sanders supporters who were conditioned by the media to oppose the Kochs. The split helps him maintain credibility with True Conservatives, as the Koch Brothers are New World Order believers who support open borders.

From the article:
Neither the Kochs nor their political network endorsed or funded anyone in the Republican presidential primary, but network officials did offer members a list of six candidates it deemed worthy of support. Trump was not among them. 
"They were backing other candidates, total puppets for them," Trump said in his statement. "So I fully understand their unhappiness and why they wouldn't want to be involved with me."
Trump can win without them. This is an ideas election. He has them. The Koch Brothers, Hillary, and the National Review do not. Well, ideas that help America, that is.

Coming soon -- "Trump the Press: Don Surber's take on how the pundits blew the 2016 Republican race."


  1. He really doesn't miss an opportunity.

    I'm beginning to understand how he became such a success in business.

  2. The Koch brothers must be getting frantic trying to give all that money away to "conservative causes." This just isn't their election cycle. - Elric

  3. It's hilarious how what seems to be your last dedicated troll likes to make fun of you calling this an "ideas election". I'm currently reading the first volume of the intellectual history of Europe by Friedrich Heer, and Trump's populism fits right in with the flow of the history Heer describes as a battle between forces of universalism and particularism, wealth and poverty, privilege and power versus the unprotected, dogma versus heresy, and blood and soil versus cosmopolitan abstraction. What is really hilarious is that far right commentators, who are not exactly thought if by most as being followers of the history of ideas have picked up on this imagery, while those who one would think would be attuned to it seem to be in an ideological lacuna.

  4. This is why trump is so refreshing to hear when he tells these elites to go away "I don't need your money". It is high time the likes of Soros and Koch brothers and their fellow barons were told their money can longer buy the government. To try and tell Trump he must play it their way on trade and other issues in order get money reeks of everything bad with the way things have been done in the past.