The Koch brothers are squarely not on team Trump. The only candidate that came close to them, ideologically speaking, was Rand Paul, who has subsequently dropped out of the race. There are slim pickings when it comes to Republican candidates, and there is widespread disenfranchisement amongst party leaders about what to do about this political quagmire Trump has created. Charles Koch, and several hundred of their political allies, actually gathered in a sort of “stop Trump” discussion. They have carefully assessed his vulnerabilities, and are leading with highlighting his bankruptcies and victimizing business deals, where he arbitrarily threw average investors under the bus.
The unfortunate turn-of-events for the Koch brothers, however, is that they knew full-well Trump will take their “attack” and use it as a means to say there are millionaires ganging up on him, and thereby fortifying his outsider stance. This will work for him in ways the Koch brothers need to consider, and also try to avoid giving him further credence: a daunting task indeed. The Koch brothers have effectively taken their liberal, Libertarian views to the Republican party in hopes of moderating it, and make it more amenable to their views. They were able to gain some political traction within the party ranks by essentially decentralizing power through targeting candidate recruitment, and through fundraising efforts. They have compiled a list of targeted large donors who can help them advance their agenda.
Paradoxically this strategy may be exactly what usurps them in this election. The rise of these groups of very large donors, with competing interests and factions, are flowing through the political system like a fragmented snake trying to find its head. This has created dissension in the ranks, and the party is somewhat implosive while their dominance is being challenged by these disparate fragments. Meanwhile they Koch brothers have a long-standing dislike of the Clintons, as they fail to forget the regulatory barrage of investigators they dealt with during President Clinton’s reign, and that which caused them to have the most traumatic stretch in their corporate history.
The takeaway here is that even the wealthiest in this country cannot buy elections. This means our system is working, and as much as the Koch brothers are vacillating about if, and how, to take on the Trump machine, their party lacks an alternative promising candidate. That said, Koch may inadvertently help Hillary Clinton get elected, or the antithesis of what they want, because their hatred of Trump forces them to add more and more divisive fuel to an already deeply troubled party with a polarizing megalomaniac on the rise. It is 2016, and this is the United States: isn’t politics grand?!