“We’ve had divisiveness long before Trump became president,” he (Koch) said in rare on-the-record exchange with reporters. “I’m into hating the sin, not the sinner.”
Say what you want about the Kochs but they have done much for liberty in this country. Indeed, while admitting that some crony policies from Washington have help(ed) Koch industries, they have also raised crony capitalism as an issue publicly and repeatedly. By the way, Charle Koch’s most recent book is quite good.
The Koch brothers didn’t support Trump in 2016 and the two sides have clashed over Trump’s opposition to long-held conservative beliefs on government spending and free trade, as well as a more welcoming stance held by the network on immigration. But Trump has demonstrated a tight hold over GOP voters that has made Republican politicians wary of crossing him.
Trump alleged that his policies have made the brothers wealthier and that they “want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed,” while he supports the American worker. In another tweet Trump called them: “Two nice guys with bad ideas.”
James Davis, a spokesman for the network, didn’t address any of the claims made by Trump in a statement he issued after the tweets. “We support policies that help all people improve their lives,” he said. “We look forward to working with anyone to do so.”