Charles Koch spoke at his political network retreat in Colorado Springs Sunday to dispell the rumor that he was going to support Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. But it’s what he said about Republican nominee Donald Trump that came as a shock.
“At this point, I can’t support either candidate,” Koch said. “But I certainly am not going to support Hillary.”
Koch has been under pressure to support Trump after he won the nomination and the nomination of Mike Pence, who has close ties to the Koch brothers, was supposed to ease tensions between political donors and Trump.
The donor network will be spending plenty of money attacking Clinton on behalf of their efforts to save GOP senate campaigns struggling with Trump at the top of the ticket according to the Washington Post.
To address the current political crisis, our first objective is to stop the worst federal policies, regardless of who is the next president,” Koch said. “And we’ve got to remember that Republican presidents advance a lot of bad policies, just like Democrats.”
The first priority of his donor network is “to preserve the country’s financial future and to eliminate corporate welfare. But since it appears that neither presidential candidate is likely to support us in these efforts, we are focused on maximizing the number of principled leaders in House and Senate who will, and giving grass-roots activists the tools to hold elected officials accountable.”
The Koch brothers have never been known to support a Democrat for president in their political donor history. Trump was caught in a lie this week when he said that he snubbed the brothers when the brothers say they never called him about a meeting.