Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 10:19 AM
President Donald Trump trained his morning Twitter rage on two of the Republican Party’s leading donors Tuesday, berating the powerful Koch brothers as “globalists”, “overrated” and “a total joke.”
Lashing out at the aging industrialists — who have long bankrolled conservative causes — Trump played down the pair’s importance to his party.
“Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn,” Trump said in a tirade that will shock party bigwigs.
Organizations backed by the brothers, Charles and David, are expected to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in the run up to this year’s November Congressional and state elections, which are vital to Trump’s political future.
If Democrats wrestle back control of Congress, Trump’s agenda may be dead in the water and the odds of his impeachment would be greatly increased.
“The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade,” Trump tweeted.
Those comments follow a string of stories suggesting the brothers were not happy with the current administration and considering scaling back their political activities.
“They want to protect their companies outside the US from being taxed,” Trump claimed, with the billionaire businessman framing himself as a champion of the people.
“I’m for America First & the American Worker – a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas.”
The Kochs had been seen as an integral part of Republican efforts to sell Trump’s tax reforms — which have spurred economic activity but exploded the deficit.
The brothers have long been a bogeyman on America’s political left, but have found common cause with Democrats on criminal justice reform and a handful of other issues.
This is not the first time Trump has clashed with Republican Party moneymen. During the 2016 campaign he fell out with billionaire hedge fund manager Paul Singer, who funded many of his primary opponents.
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