President Donald Trump lashed out at the "globalist" Koch Network on Twitter Tuesday, just days after a Koch official criticized Trump's leadership skills and "divisive" rhetoric at a network gathering over the weekend. "I never sought their support because I don't need their money or bad ideas", Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning. "I made them richer", he wrote. In another tweet Trump called them: "Two nice guys with bad ideas".
Cramer was the first Republican Senate candidate to be publicly jettisoned by the powerful Koch network this cycle. "If [he] doesn't step up to lead, that makes it hard to support him".
Kochs' criticism: At a Koch network gathering in Colorado Springs, Charles Koch criticized Trump's tariffs and protectionist trade policies and suggested he's open to supporting Democratic candidates who are more in line with the Kochs' free-trade and libertarian views, reports the National Review. Heidi Heitkamp this November.
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Earlier this year, they announced heavy spending aimed at helping Republicans to hold the Senate. The network has during the past year and a half fruitlessly pushed for comprehensive health care and immigration reform, and like other leading conservative groups, the network has been powerless to persuade the President to rethink policies they oppose.
The group has warned that the GOP is not doing enough to contain government spending.
What we have, then, are these evil right-wing puppet masters (as our liberal friends see them) basically saying that Kevin Cramer is too moderate for them.
After running attack ads against Heitkamp, the Kochs launched a digital ad campaign thanking the Democrat for voting to roll back Obama-era banking regulations.