President Donald Trump was supposedly lambasted during a yearly meeting of political figures and mega-donors during an assembly hosted by the Koch brothers. According to Politico, a spokesperson representing the Koch brothers was dissatisfied with President over his tiff with tariffs as well as the “divisiveness” that he and his administration have been simmering in ever since they got into the White House.
Keep in mind that the Koch brothers don’t genuinely care about the social ills that are brought about by the Trump administration and his ardent followers — what the mega-donors were upset over was Trump’s divisiveness affecting and roiling the markets, with one spokesperson saying that Trump is enacting “long-term damage.”
Brian Hooks, one of the Koch brothers’ deputies, had this to say about the long-term damage:
When in order to win on an issue someone else has to lose, it makes it very difficult to unite people and solve the problems in this country. You see that on trade: In order to get to a good place on trade, convince the American people that trade is bad.”
In the mind of a failed entrepreneur like Trump, “deals” always have winners and losers — a concept called “distributive bargaining,” where two players compete for a single prize or outcome and whoever gets it is the winner. The more of it they get, the more they have “won.”
Of course, the Koch brothers were entirely for Donald Trump — only six months prior, the brothers were in solidarity with Trump’s administration, with the brothers representing the den of billionaires that lavished and praised Trump after he passed a tax reform measure that greatly benefited America’s rich.
The Koch brothers have been noted to deal in dark money. In 2016, the brothers and their political allies committed to spending millions of dollars, spending it through nonprofits that do not disclose the contributors. Dark money made in the guise of philanthropy have helped the Koch brothers to influence politics, while still maintaining a sort of anonymity.
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