Billionaire donor Charles Koch recently spoke with reporters where he shared a message he has for GOP candidates, stating that they shouldn’t take for granted his backing them with his vast fortune for their upcoming campaigns.
Koch went on to state that he would be watching these individuals closely to see whether or not they would keep their promises of fiscal responsibility.
His statement, however, did not seem to sit well with former Trump strategist Steve Bannon who launched a counterstrike of his own.
In a separate speech during the forum, Koch promised an audience, “We are going…to hold people responsible for their commitments.”
He later told the media, “I regret some of the [lawmakers] we have supported…we’re gonna more directly deal with that and hold people accountable.”
Koch specifically expressed concern over the ongoing trade battles the U.S. has engaged in with other countries, saying that “if it’s severe enough,” President Trump’s actions could cause a recession. He said that when it comes to trade, “we should just get rid of all barriers, except for things that will hurt people. We should let all goods in.”
Not everyone is happy with Koch’s comments from over the weekend. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Politico in response, “What [the Kochs] have to do is shut up and get with the program, OK? And here’s the program: Ground game to support Trump’s presidency and program, [and] victory on Nov. 6.”
Bannon added, “Charles Koch is a good man, but 100 days before an election that will determine the direction of the country is not the time to tell us that you are prepared to work with Democrats that support parts of your progressive agenda.
“It’s wrong, it’s stupid and it shows contempt for the hardworking grassroots folks that delivered the victory that go your tax cut.”
Koch is definitely not taking the right approach to this situation, especially if he’s willing to sellout his own values and principles just to spite individuals not towing the line on his own personal agenda. This guy pretty much embodies everything wrong with modern politics.
The conservative movement cannot afford to be so badly divided this close to an election cycle starting. It’s time to unite together, to actually boldly stand for truth, justice, and liberty without compromise.
If we want to continue seeing this nation get back on track, this is what it’s going to take.
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