Donald Trump calls billionaire Koch brothers a "total joke"

02 August, 2018, 17:53 | Author: Bert Pena
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"Here's the program: Ground game to support Trump's presidency and program, [and] victory on November 6", Bannon said in an interview with POLITICO. "I'm into hating the sin and not the sinner".

Democrats "don't want to give Trump any victory", he said. "I'd like there to be many more politicians who would embrace and have the courage to run on a platform like this".

The midterm elections, in which many analysts expect a "blue wave" to place the House and possibly the Senate back under Democratic control, are less than 100 days away.

The group has also launched an all-out effort to boost the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

The Koch brothers and their network of donors opposed Trump during the 2016 election.

Republican officials on Tuesday privately interpreted what the Kochs did as a warning shot, meant to convey that siding with Trump, while politically enticing, will carry a political cost with their groups.

The president's slam against the Koch network came shortly after the departure from the White House of legislative affairs director Marc Short, who was a top Koch network official before joining the administration.

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"What was very disappointing to see yesterday, that they are not going to support Kevin Cramer in this all-too-important North Dakota Senate race", McDaniel said. Robert Casey - for a vote to increase federal spending.

Americans for Prosperity, a Koch network organization, has announced it will not support Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) in his Senate campaign against Sen.

The network is holding education sessions for its activists across the country to extol the value of free trade and pro-immigrant laws, and countering Trump's approaches on both issues.

As Politico reported, AFP's rejection of Cramer over the Ex-Im Bank is only one example of a Republican suffering the lash of the Koch brothers, although AFP's Phillips did say Cramer can turn it around.

"A lot of libertarians are big advocates for divided government". The president avoided making an outright reference to a government shutdown during the rally, saying, "We may have to do some pretty drastic things" unless Democrats support his agenda. Much of that went to grass-roots organizing, whose ostensible goal is to convince Americans of the wisdom of free-market policies, but which in practice comes down mostly to convincing Americans to vote Republican. The network is also supporting numerous House and gubernatorial candidates. "I have no problem with it whatsoever".

"He's inconsistent across the board on these issues", Phillips said.

Koch opened his twice-annual conference in Colorado last week by offering the more than 500 major donors in attendance an impassioned critique of protectionism, which he called a "destructive" force that is "perverting the key institutions of our society". The two Kochs spent almost a billion dollars in the 2016 cycle, much of that beneficial to the GOP, more than doubling what they spent in 2012.

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