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Charles Koch rejects rumored support for Hillary Clinton

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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The US Republican Party's biggest donor, Charles Koch, likens the rumors of his support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, which he vehemently denies, to a “blood libel."

The billionaire set the record straight on Sunday afternoon before an audience of some 400 donors at the Koch's summer donor retreat in the US state of Colorado.

"I want to correct a rumor that the media keeps stimulating, and that is that I am probably going to support Hillary,” Koch said. “That is a blood libel.”

A blood libel is a derogatory term used to refer to a centuries-old allegation that Jewish people killed Christians in order to use their blood in religious rituals.

Koch has been a staunch critic of both US presidential candidates. He once analogized that the choice between Democratic Clinton and her Republican rival would be like choosing between cancer and a heart attack, implying a lack of options for American voters in the upcoming elections.

Despite facing criticism from his donors for not supporting the Republican presidential candidate, Koch has remained resolute in his disapproval of Trump. The mega-donor was especially horrified by Trump’s proposal to monitor American Muslims through a database.

Koch also remains defiant in his stance against Clinton, implying that she is the worst of the two candidates, as he said, “at this point, I can’t support either candidate but I’m certainly not going to support Hillary."

He believes neither candidates will fight for the issues he cares about, such as free trade, cutting regulations and the equal treatment of all ethnic and religious groups. 

Charles Koch along with his brother, David, form a political and financial powerhouse over American politics, both directly and indirectly, via various advocacy and lobbying organizations.

The brothers are the sons of Fred C. Koch, who founded Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held company in the United States. They have contributed heavily to conservative campaigns and think tanks, and are among the best known Republican donors.

The Kochs spent some $400 million on US politics in 2015 and are planning to shell out about $900 million to shape this year’s presidential election.


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