This Is How Much the Koch Brothers Hate Donald Trump —By Daniel Schulman


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There is one man standing in the way of the Koch brothers’ plans to elect a free-market conservative to the White House in November. His name is Donald J. Trump.

The Kochs, whose donor network is raising nearly $900 million for the 2016 elections, are not fans of the bombastic real estate mogul whose positions on everything from taxes to foreign policy are at odds with theirs. Charles Koch has said Trump’s plan to create a Muslim registry would “destroy our free society”—and for months Trump has been a source of debate and discussion within their donor network. Early on in the race, some members of the network believed, as did almost everyone else, that Trump would implode on his own. Some still do. And a very small handful of Koch network donors are Trump supporters. But in recent months, the Kochs and their allies—who now are largely leaning toward Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz—have considered a campaign targeting Trump, whose candidacy they believe poses a threat to the Republican Party, if not the country at large.

The Kochs’ Trump problem is the topic of my new piece, just out at Vanity Fair. I report: (read the rest here at MotherJones.com)

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