Hillary Clinton Says She’s Not Interested in an Endorsement From Billionaire Charles Koch
Billionaire Charles Koch said that “it’s possible” Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would be preferable to a Republican candidate on ABC’s “This Week” April 23.
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 23, 2016
However, Hillary Clinton responded saying she was “not interested” in his endorsement, citing Koch’s denial of climate change and voter suppression:
Not interested in endorsements from people who deny climate science and try to make it harder for people to vote. https://t.co/TWN4zYhMBh
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 24, 2016
Charles and David Koch, along with their associated groups, plan to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 elections.
The question came up in discussion of the Clinton and Bush legacies, with Koch stating that America under Bill Clinton was, in some ways, better than under George W. Bush.
“As far as the growth of government, the increase in spending, it was 2½ times under Bush that it was under Clinton,” he said.
When asked whether or not he would support the Clinton campaign, Koch gave a much more tempered answer.
“We would have to believe her actions would have to be quite different than her rhetoric, let me put it that way,” he said.
The Koch brothers are not fans of Donald Trump.
Elsewhere in the ABC interview, Koch said Trump’s proposal to create a register of all Muslims in America was “reminiscent of Nazi Germany. I mean, that’s monstrous.”
He also said Kasich, Cruz, and Trump “are terrible role models.”
This is not the first time that the Koch brothers have butted heads with Trump.
Earlier in the campaign, the Koch brothers tried to single out a candidate to oppose Trump, inviting four candidates to meet with wealthy donors in California.
Donald Trump is not a fan of the Koch brothers, and shot off a tweet after hearing about the event:
“I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets?”
As a result of the meeting, an operative associated with the Koch brothers worked with Marco Rubio’s campaign, but stopped short of an official endorsement. Since Rubio dropped out, they have not made any official endorsement.