Democratic leaders are warning not to overplay President Donald Trump’s growing feud with the Koch Network, but many are excited by the thought that the rift could help candidates and fundraising heading into November’s midterms.
“It’s almost as good as watching the last Avengers movies!” Jaime Harrison, associate chair of the Democratic National Committee and a former South Carolina state party chair, told Politico. He called the fight “Must see TV!”
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who chairs the Democratic Governors Association, was more cautious about the fight, but admitted that it could help politically and with fundraising.
“I can’t quantify how much that’ll mean, whether that’s a dollar or $100 million,” he said.
However, he warned that Democrats have “got to drive our own message.”
Charles and David Koch did not support Trump’s presidential bid in 2016, but their fight did not come out until last weekend, when Charles Koch and network officials criticized the president at their donor summit and refused to back North Dakota Republican Senate hopeful, Rep. Kevin Cramer.
Thursday afternoon, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel posted a message to Republicans criticizing the Kochs’ announcement that they won’t support all Republicans seeking office, but instead will use their own voter data program.
Over the years, the brothers have spent millions to back Republican candidates.
“The most important thing to know is that President Trump has continually made very clear that the RNC is his political arm and he has put his faith in the RNC as the entity that he works with to elect Republicans,” McDaniel said.
She also warned donors to steer clear of the Koch Network.
Trump also slammed Charles Koch in a tweet on Thursday, accusing him of making a “ridiculous statement” that his actions are unfair to foreign workers.
Charles Koch of Koch Brothers, who claims to be giving away millions of dollars to politicians even though I know very few who have seen this (?), now makes the ridiculous statement that what President Trump is doing is unfair to “foreign workers.” He is correct, AMERICA FIRST!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2018
Charles Koch, meanwhile, said during a rare interview that he fears Trump’s tariffs will put the national economy at risk of recession.
California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman responded to the comments as a sign of the “fraying” that is occuring in the Republican Party, reports Politico.
“That will lead to a Democratic takeover of the House, and possibly the Senate, in November.
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