Well known businessman Charles Koch has had some choice word regarding the state of the Republican Party and presidential elections in general. Charles Koch inherited his father’s business and expanded into new industries. Now, they have made waves as leaders in pollution control technology, polymers, and name brands such as Quilted Northern, Dixie Cups, and Stainmaster.
This year, despite their continued support of the Republican Party, the Koch’s are steadfast in their refusal to support Donald Trump. Trump has repeatedly approached them for financial backing, but Charles Koch maintains that Trump’s anti-Muslim proposed laws are an assault on Liberty, and will not engage with his ideals. Now Trump has turned to attack the Kochs, who must decide whether to fight back.
Even though the Koch’s have primarily lent support to Republican candidates, Charles Koch calls himself a classical liberal, one who would rather see the dual party system abolished, as it is doing relatively no good for society. His financial standing gives him-and other business moguls- opportunities to alter the political landscape away from the archaic traditions and parties. No longer are politics controlled by the candidates, but truly by the people. Thus, they must choose whether to further this action by actively taking down Trump, a candidate they truly do not agree with on many points.
The Kochs and other political financiers, therefore, face a truly difficult path. Should Trump be the leading Republican candidate, and none of the Democratic or other party leaders seem to be acceptable, would Charles Koch and his brother continue their stonewalling or committ themselves to aiding their party of choice? Though a strong financial standing is helpful in political campaigns, the choices are not always so easy for people like the Kochs to make.