There are three things Donald Trump has come to be known for throughout his campaign: racist rhetoric, bragging, and lying. He decided to combine the last two of these when he claimed that he had turned down a meeting with conservative mega-donors, the Koch brothers.
Well, guess what. It turns out that his entire claim is bullsh*t and they Koch brothers never requested a meeting with him at all. Mark Holden, who is a top official for Freedom Partners, was quick to slap down the Republican nominee’s claims.
I know a meeting didn’t happen. You’ll have to talk to him about what his facts are.
Charles and David Koch have refused jump onto the Trump Train, strongly criticizing his racist rhetoric and absurd policies. Instead, they are choosing to focus on senate races rather than the presidential election. “We’re focused on the Senate,” Holden repeated steadfastly.
“We’re going to tie the Democrat candidates to Hillary Clinton and the failed policies she supports, and highlight the differences with the Republican candidates we favor,” he said.
James Davis, a spokesman for the Koch-backed group Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, is responsible for organizing the Koch brothers’ annual summer summit of their donor network. He said that there is no meeting between Trump and the Kochs scheduled. He did say, however, that Holden had met with the Republican nominee’s campaign staff.
“Our team has met with them before to discuss the issues that we care about and helping people improve their lives,” Davis said, adding, however, that the network’s focus “remains on the Senate.”
Earlier this month, Davis reiterated that the Koch brothers would still be abstaining from involvement in the presidential race, despite the addition of Mike Pence to the Republican ticket. The Indiana governor had been a favorite of the Koch brothers and their donors. Pence had originally been scheduled to speak at the summit, but then backed out, citing responsibilities to the campaign.
This left many conservatives wondering WTF, since pence’s ties to mega-donors, including the Kochs, was one of the strengths that landed him the gig as Trump’s vice presidential candidate.
The three-day summit is being held at a Colorado Springs resort and will include about 400 donors as well as various Republican elected officials, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner.
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