It’s not really a secret that the Koch brothers have basically bought the Republican party. And make no mistake about it, the Koch brothers are very dangerous. They’re radical anti-regulation/anti-government Libertarians who would love to see our government, as Grover Norquist once said, “reduced to a size where they can drag it into the bathroom and drown it.”
In fact, looking back at the Republican party since the rise of the tea party, a good portion of everything related to this fake “grassroots movement” has been linked to the Koch brothers. They’ve pushed the GOP so far to the right that the conservative icon himself, Ronald Reagan, probably couldn’t even get elected in today’s Republican party. The Koch brothers are quite literally trying to buy a government that benefits their own interests.
So, as we’ve seen intolerance, hate, bigotry, racism and xenophobia become publicly allowed and accepted traits within the GOP over the last few years, the hateful rhetoric and outrageous fear-mongering has become common among Republican discourse. Hell, Sen. Ted Cruz just called the current President of the United States the “greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world” and nobody blinked an eye. If a politician had said something like that 10 or 15 years ago, both parties would have condemned those remarks. Now, that’s the “new norm” from many Republicans.
Which takes us to today and the Republican presidential primaries. While most of us knew this was going to be an interesting (and comical) primary season, I’m not sure if any of us really thought it would be this good. When Donald Trump is your current (and overwhelming) presidential front-runner, that pretty much tells you what kind of circus the Republican party has become.
But something interesting is happening. You see, as the Koch brothers start to really gear up for the 2016 elections, they’re “freezing out” Trump.
The Koch operation has spurned entreaties from the Trump campaign to purchase state-of-the-art data and analytics services from a Koch-backed political tech firm called i360, and also turned down a request to allow Trump to speak at an annual grass-roots summit next month in Columbus, Ohio, sponsored by the Koch-backed group Americans for Prosperity.
It’s not even just that they’re avoiding putting any support behind him, they’re just flat-out preventing him from even being able to buy any polling data they’ve collected over the years. Apparently they don’t feel he represents the “values” they want to be the face of the Republican party.
Except, that’s pure bullcrap. Trump’s rhetoric is a spot-on representation of the true values for which the GOP stands. The only reason Trump is even running is because he’s exactly the kind of person the tea party has been building for years. Yet, now that he’s saying what the majority of conservative voters actually believe (making the GOP look like a bunch of ignorant, racist bigots in the process) suddenly Republicans, and the Koch brothers, want to act as if they’re shocked by his behavior?
They created him!
Trump is the:
- Birther who tea party conservatives embraced when President Obama was first elected.
- Unapologetic President Obama/Hillary Clinton basher they all love.
- Anti-immigrant white male you see so much of within the Republican party.
- Sexist that’s been embraced by conservatives for years through media personalities like Rush Limbaugh.
- War-loving trash talker.
- Guy who says any mention of guns being at least partially responsible for gun violence is “stupid.”
- Candidate who says he stands for “traditional marriage” – even though he’s on his third marriage.
- Arrogant, me-first sociopath Republicans have embraced for years in candidates like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Paul Ryan.
- Person who talks about Christian values, while representing almost none of them.
I’ve said it many times already: Donald Trump is the perfect Republican candidate.
But now that all of these ignorant Republican values are on full display for all the country to see (with poll numbers for Trump skyrocketing with every disgusting comment he makes), Republicans are in panic mode trying to figure out what to do to try to kill the very monster they created – to take down the candidate who’s doing nothing but saying on a national stage what many conservative voters say all the time within their own communities.
In other words, by “freezing out” Donald Trump due to his inflammatory rhetoric, the Republican party and Koch brothers are essentially admitting that the values for which they stand are repulsive, disgusting, embarrassing and bigoted. Because if they weren’t ashamed of how Trump is representing the GOP by simply using the talking points many of them have just subtly pushed for years – while seeing his lead continue to grow over the other candidates – he would be the candidate they’d be putting all their money and support behind, not the one they’re trying to run away from.
By shunning Trump, the Koch brothers are only proving that they’re too cowardly to embrace the type of candidate their own propaganda created.