President Trump read the headlines this week coming out of Colorado Springs, and he was none too happy with what he was hearing.
At their summit, the Koch brothers, who lead a network of PACs and organizations that comprise some of the most extravagant donors in Republican circles, said they were done supporting Republicans for the sake of the R next to their name and were open to funding Democrats who more closely aligned with their agenda. Charles Koch and his lieutenants also had harsh words for President Trump, calling his administration divisive, dangerous, and warning that a trade war based on his policies could lead to a recession.
On Twitter, Trump lashed out at the Kochs and declared them finished in Republican politics.
“The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade,” Trump wrote. “I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas. They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more. I made them richer.
“Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn,” he continued. “They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed, I’m for America First & the American Worker – a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!”
To be honest, it pains us to see a schism like this on the Republican side of things; one would think we were about done with this crap. If the last two years haven’t proven that Trump was right about the proper direction of the Republican Party, what else does he possibly need to do? This is the future. This is the NOW. Conservative voters don’t want the Paul Ryan/Heritage Foundation version of politics anymore, if they ever did. They want strong borders, a strong domestic economy, and a military that doesn’t jump into every war that looks halfway inviting. It’s a new dawn on the right side of the aisle, and the old model doesn’t cut it any longer. It’s time to get on board or risk getting run over.
When it comes to people like the Kochs, well, they don’t have much to worry about. They can waste their money on doomed candidates and Democrats until the cows come home and they won’t have to worry about where they will get their next meal. But for Republican politicians who are tempted by that money – THAT’S who should be looking at this and worrying. Because there are only two options for a Republican in Congress: Get in line behind the president or get the hell out.
Just ask Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, Ben Sasse…and the list goes on.