The Interview of Charles Koch by ABC news network has proved that of all the comments Donald Trump has made to the public, the one that has made Charles Koch pissed-off is the temporary ban on all Muslims entry into the United States until the national security problem is solved. In fact, the views by Donald Trump on banning Muslims, Koch compared them as “reminiscent of Nazi Germany”, “Monstrous” and “Frightening”.
Charles Koch is a Libertarian billionaire who and his brother have vast energy and manufacturing interests. Charles Koch is the chairman and CEO of Koch Industries which he has managed and retained the position from 1967. He has lamented the strategy by the Republican candidates to attack each other’s personality saying that, they have diverted their campaigns from the critical issues affecting America. However, Koch held a slightly less harsh comment of Ted Cruz who has also said he would carpet-bomb the Middle East under ISIS control.
It is not the first time the Koch brothers have been involved in politics. They have in fact spent millions of dollars and over decades of efforts to reshape the state and municipal governments of cities in America. Some of the policies they have supported include the enacting of a voter ID, combat of the gun control and discouraging government regulation of all kinds. David Koch, the brother of Charles Koch, had predicted in January that Scott Walker, the current governor of Wisconsin would be the Republican nominee. However, times have changed now after winning Indiana; Trump has become the presumptive Republican nominee to head the party during the national election.
One of the things Trump should think carefully about is the fact that he could risk running for general election without Koch network and their allies. Donors such as Koch are people who have seen election after election, and they have the necessary experience Trump would need to win the general election much easier. The problem at hand for Trump is that Charles Koch has revealed a probability of Koch network support Hilary Clinton in the general election.
If the Koch network supports the Clinton’s in the general election, Trump stands to lose by big margins. It is true that Charles Koch and donors like him in the Republican party holds the key to whether Trump will win the general elections. What Trump need to do instead is to know their reasons behind supporting Clinton and see whether he can accommodate these ideas in his policies.