Charles Koch, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Koch Industries, finds that the selection of Republican primary candidates for the 2016 presidential election are heading in the wrong direction. He is particularly critical of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
“Well, then you destroy our free society. Who is it that said, ‘If you want to defend your liberty, the first thing you’ve got to do is defend the liberty of the people you like the least?’”
He criticizes Cruz’s proposed plan to carpet bomb ISIS, saying that it would be “fruitless.”
“I’ve studied revolutionaries a lot. Mao said that the people are the sea in which the revolutionary swims . . . but how do we create an unfriendly sea for the terrorists in the Muslim communities? We haven’t done a good job at that.” With Cruz’s plan, he said, we’d go from one country to the next bombing Muslims.
Koch, with his brother David and other Republican donors, had planned to spend close to $900 million on the upcoming election. They use their fortune to support candidates and issues with whom they agree He feels that as of now the return on his investment in politics is not as strong as in the past. There are some benefits, he says, but he can’t see them now.
Trump, also a billionaire, has poked fun at the Kochs, claiming that they make “puppets” out of the candidates who accept the donations. Koch, to the contrary, says they are not bothered by lists of important issues given to them, and he doesn’t feel that he controls them.
Charles Koch, 80, has been in his position at Koch Industries since 1969. The company has 100,000 employees worldwide, including 60,000 in the United States. Based in Wichita, Kansas, the conglomerate includes such diverse products and activities as fertilizer, pollution control equipment and technology, minerals, grain processing, biofuels, commodity training and much more.