Everyone knows that the Koch brothers have a huge hand in picking out who the GOP candidate is going to be for the 2016 presidential election. They, along with their huge network of conservative donors, plan on spending almost $900 million on the upcoming election; with that kind of money up for grabs, the Republican candidates are vying for their attention big time. However, one candidate is being completely frozen out of the Koch brothers’ network: Donald Trump.
Trump’s loudmouth, racist comments have caused him to jump to number one in the GOP polls. The party’s totally-not-racist base loves that he is picking on all of the people they hate — especially undocumented immigrants. Republican leadership isn’t as in love with The Donald as their base, because they know that his rhetoric is turning important Independent voters and Hispanic voters (the swing votes) off; but, they can’t be too vocal about their dislike for Trump or they will be accused of trying to meddle in the Republican primary. The Kochs, however, do not have to worry about that like the GOP leadership does, and they are actively freezing Trump out.
According to Politico, the Kochs aren’t allowing Trump to speak to their large network of “grassroots” donors or have access to their political data. The brothers are backing a tech firm, called i360, that is mining data and building profiles of 250 million Americans. This data would allow candidates to shape their messages to appeal to voters all over the country, but the Kochs are refusing to allow Trump’s campaign to purchase the data.
Not only are they refusing to provide access to their data, they have also invited all of the other GOP candidates, except him, to their huge summit next month in Columbus, Ohio. About 3,000 activists and wealthy donors are expected at Americans for Prosperity’s annual Defending the American Dream summit, but when Trump asked to speak at the summit he was told no. They also refused to invite him to the annual summer gathering of hundreds of big donors in Orange County, California even though Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina will be there.
Another Koch-backed group, LIBRE Initiative, which targets Latino voters said they will not be inviting Trump to speak to their donors, now or any time in the future.
The Trump campaign is, of course, downplaying this. Josh Youssef, chairman of Trump’s campaign in Belknap County, New Hampshire, tried to pretend it was no big deal:
“The good news is that Donald Trump doesn’t need the Koch brothers, and he can do this perfectly without their assistance. Their motivations are clearly not to break the mold of political insider-ship. Their goal is to keep the wheel spinning. Trump’s bad for business for them.”
Republican candidates NEED the Kochs’ support if they want to win the primary. It’s not just the money, because we all know Trump has enough money to fund his campaign, it is their network. The Koch brothers control the dialogue of the Republican party, and without their support a candidate has little chance of winning. The fact that two private individuals have this much control over our elections should be terrifying to any rational person, but that’s life under an oligarchy.
We’re literally watching the uber-rich squabble over who gets to control one of the two major political parties in America. No matter who wins, we lose.
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