The Kochs Want Hillary Clinton to Become President

Eric Zuesse

The signs are now clear and unmistakable:

On July 25th, CNN headlined “Mike Pence to skip Koch brothers event” and reported that, “GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence will not attend the summer donor summit organized by Charles and David Koch, now unable to commit to an event after he was added to the ticket with Donald Trump. Pence, a Koch favorite, had originally committed to attending this weekend’s event.” In other words: Now that Pence represented Trump, the Kochs dumped Pence.

It’s not the first time the Kochs have indicated they won’t tolerate any politician who backs Trump against Hillary Clinton.

As I headlined on July 22nd, “Koch Brothers Now Supporting Hillary Clinton”, where I reported that yet another Koch favorite, Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, had just been dumped by the Kochs on July 20th, for having delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention encouraging everyone to support Trump against Clinton.

As I noted then, “Hillary as the State Department chief, was, behind-the-scenes, ferociously assisting the Koch brothers, regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline project and other government-policy matters.” My linked-to article there, which linked to the evidence on that, also noted:

On 23 April 2016, Politico headlined “Charles Koch: ‘It’s possible’ Clinton is preferable to a Republican for president”, but this isn’t the only indication that Hillary is merely pretending to be their enemy. On 24 February 2016, I headlined “Hillary Clinton’s Global-Burning Record” and summarized and linked to news reports such as the opening there: “On 17 July 2015, Paul Blumenthal and Kate Sheppard at Huffington Post bannered, ‘Hillary Clinton’s Biggest Campaign Bundlers Are Fossil Fuel Lobbyists’ and the sub-head was ‘Clinton’s top campaign financiers are linked to Big Oil, natural gas and the Keystone pipeline.’”

In other words, as the article that was being quoted there was headlined: “Here’s Why Hillary Won’t Allow Her Corporate Speeches to be Published”: the reason is that Hillary’s 91 private speeches to various mega-corporations and to their lobbying organizations, were promising increases in government subsidies to their industries. Her $21 million in paid speeches to them were actually part of her fundraising for her upcoming Presidential campaign. Not only did she get that $21 million in her pocket from it, but she was basically campaigning there for them to donate to her political war-chest, by telling them, in these secret speeches, exactly what they and their top stockholders were wanting to hear. That’s why those speeches (except the one that I reported on there, which had leaked out) remain secret to this day.

Intelligent voters thus can reliably interpret Donald Trump, up to the present point in his campaign, to be (as I explained on July 22nd) so opposed to Clinton’s alliance with billionaires — the mega-corporations — as for Trump now to be suffering huge and mounting disadvantages to his campaign war-chest as compared to hers, and this money is going instead to assist the Clinton campaign. And, “Even as early as October 2015, it was clear that the Republican Party’s mega-donors were already contributing more money to Hillary Clinton’s campaign than to Donald Trump’s. They also were contributing more than they were to Clinton’s campaign, to each of the Republican Presidential campaigns of: John Kasich, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and (the most of all, to) Jeb Bush.” Those six, and Clinton, were their favorites — not Trump, never Trump.

So, clearly, if you want even more economic inequality in this country, vote for Hillary Clinton — don’t trust a word that either of the Presidential nominees say. What Hillary Clinton’s lengthy record in public office shows is that she has no problem with ever-widening economic inequality; she is its champion, she has proven it by her actions in public office, but she’s not so stupid as to say this also with her mouth, only with her actual actions as a public official. Trump has no record at all as a public official, so there’s no way of knowing what types of policies he would pursue. No way except his (equally) lying words — and, of course, by whom his enemies are.

If anything, these actions by the Kochs provide a more reliable indication of what Trump’s policies would be as President than is provided by anything that Trump says in public. What the Kochs are saying, to Trump, by their money, and not by any words at all, is: “Go to hell, Donald!”

Thus, the intelligent voter who wants to reverse America’s slide into aristocracy (‘oligarchy’, to use the term that people who admire aristocrats use, as if it meant anything different than an aristocracy) — any voter who wants to see a return to democracy in America — will vote for Trump on the Presidential line of the ballot, and vote for Democrats on every other line of the ballot. And, then, if Trump as President actually does try to push forward any of the conservative things he’s been mouthing, the Democrats in Congress will almost certainly be able to block it from becoming law. And whatever he pushes that’s of a progressive nature, will win virtually all of the votes of Democrats in Congress, plus many votes even from congressional Republicans — it will become law. He could end up being a far more progressive President than any in recent times. Alternatively, he could try to ram through some extremely conservative policies and just turn out to be an extremely ineffective President (if Democrats control Congress such that they can block his bills from becoming laws). An extremely ineffective President would be vastly less horrible than a President Hillary Clinton would be. But, if we end up with a Republican Trump and a Republican Congress, that would probably be just about as bad as having a President Hillary Clinton.

Deception is now rampant in American politics. Intelligent voting therefore now means trusting only deeds as a public official (and identifying whom the given politician’s real enemies are), not words at all. Now that the Kochs have ‘spoken’ clearly with their money, we have meaningful evidence not only about Hillary Clinton (who already was clear by her deeds as a public official), but also about Donald Trump (who is otherwise still largely a mystery).


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • kimyo

    Trump now to be suffering huge and mounting disadvantages to his campaign war-chest as compared to hers

    if this was a real election, then warchests would matter. it’s not, though (coin tosses, millions of fraudulent voter affiliations, diebold)

    plus, it certainly doesn’t appear as if trump is ‘suffering’. as is, he gets more airtime than anyone, without spending a penny.

    Thus, the intelligent voter [snip] will vote for Trump on the Presidential line of the ballot,
    and vote for Democrats on every other line of the ballot.

    These 13 Democrats Are Helping Rush Fast Track Through The Senatea vote for feinstein/wyden/nelson/maccaskill/warner is a vote for the TPP. you have lost your mind.

    why are you always trying to get people into the voting booth? insanity = doing the exact same thing and expecting a different outcome. the intelligent voter will stay home this year.

    • Golper

      Americans have no say in their political system; they are just lab rats destined to be tested in all possible ways in order to perfect the art of social engineering.

      • Brockland A.T.

        Like socially engineering Never Hilary to stay home.

        Trump 2016, the Strategic Option.

        Or Jill Stein (Green Party), the moral choice that has a snowball’s chance in hell of going viral.

    • As Jimmy Carter and Chris Hedges have said, the US is not a democracy any more. The only point of elections is to give a patina of legitimacy to leaders that have been selected for us.

      Because of this, I can’t believe Trump is anything more than a boogieman. If he was a real threat to the Kochs and the other zillionaires, they’d have him assassinated, caught eating a baby, convicted for something, etc.

      • Zap

        Carter would know, he was a Rockefeller Tri Lateral Commission sock puppet himself…….you can trace most of these people from both parties at the presidential, cabinet and agency level to the Rockefeller’s by way of David Rockefeller, the CFR and the TC…….Hedges included, check his Wiki and the Loomis Chaffee School also note how Hedges pitches the Soros line…..I would not trust Carter or Hedges leftist views, they are crypto fascist’s with one foot in JP Morgan Chase and the other in the progressive movement.

        • cstahnke

          Don’t be fooled by connections. Everyone is connected in some way, if they are prominent, to the ruling elites. That does not mean they are agents of said elites. I have read most of Hedges books and while I don’t agree with him here and there those books offer excellent insights into American culture and politics and to classify him as what I would call a Stasi-leftist is drastically wrong. Sadky Hedges is weak in Deep Politics which he alludes to but won’t embrace because he knows full well that will not be tolerated by the left who mainly buy his books. There I disagree with him mightily but that does not negate his insights and his championing of many great thinkers and writers who we should all be reading more of.

          • Zap

            I don’t automatically connect anyone to anyone excepting of course if they are CFR, Tri Lateral Commission, Bilderberg Group members, then I know they are Rockefeller banker globalist spooks. This guy Hedges is pitching the CFR, TC, BG line on open borders and Islam to the west like it came directly out of Soros or Peter Sutherland’s mouth and I believe that disastrous policy is being planned by the globalist’s and these groups. He is supposed to be an anti globalist, remember? His other connections to Loomis who’s alumni include several Rockefeller’s and George P Shultz (CFR) is just icing on the cake in my opinion…..I think he is a crypto fascist………..plenty of these banker globalist schemers and sock puppets wear a leftist, progressive, socialist facade. he wouldn’t be the first. I also find his incessant weeping over regressive, oppressive Islam, always served up with a heaping helping of Christianophobic anti Christian rhetoric more than a bit disingenuous.
            Remember William F Buckley was supposed to be “right wing” but he was as much a crypto fascist banker sock puppet as George Soros or Bill Clinton or George Bush or any of these CFR, TC, BG cronies.

    • Brockland A.T.


      Stay Home = Only Kilary

      Only Kilary = Neocon War Crimes Continue With Fig Leaf Electoral Mandate

      Your hands won’t be clean for not touching the blade any more than a nuke is smart enough to vaporize your neocon neighbor but not yourself.

      Trump 2016

      Or Jill Stein (Green Party)

      • kimyo

        what would you say to the millions of sanders voters whose ballots were shredded? did they not vote hard enough?

        • Brockland A.T.

          The electronic equivalent of mass shredding of ballots at a national general election level would not escape without serious legal challenge and even official prosecution. Even the Gore-Bush debacle ended up in court; Gore wussed out with a tough but winnable case on his side.

          Sanders people keep forgetting or wanting others to forget; the Democratic Party is a private entity. They don’t owe an INDEPENDENT and his supporters anything and can in fact ‘rig’ the process because outside of being perhaps a private breach of contract, they can do so. You can’t knowingly participate such a fraud-of-choice then claim to have been wronged with a completely straight face.

          The legally mandated national general election, on the other hand, is only technically opt-outable; your civic duty is in fact to participate and some more serious democracies make voter participation mandatory.

          One of the driving partisan hates on Sanders is that he wasn’t a Democrat, that he was an independent using the Democrat brand. Sanders is NOT representative of the Democratic party and never was. The DNC just used him for public attention and then they dropped him. Any experienced political watcher understands the score.

          Sanders never personally challenged results in any meaningful fashion through internal DNC processes or externally through the courts, or even rhetorically. There is no comparison to Trump or Paul in directly facing down party bullycrats.

          Bernites cheapened their own Democratic expression far more than the systemic failure by accepting Sanders’ non-leadership to such a degree, and only a handful of Sanders voters appear willing to vote Jill not Hil.

          • kimyo

            The electronic equivalent of mass shredding of ballots at a national
            general election level would not escape without serious legal challenge
            and even official prosecution.

            if this is the case, why haven’t we seen ‘serious legal challenges’ to previous, obvious examples of blatant fraud?
            “The People Who Cast The Votes Don’t Decide An Election, The People Who COUNT The Votes Do.”

            There is little doubt key Democrats know that votes in 2004 and earlier elections were stolen. The fact that few in Congress are complaining about fraud is an indication of the totality to which both parties accept the status quo of a money based elections system. Neither party wants to further undermine public confidence in the American “democratic” process…. Future elections in the US will continue as an equal opportunity for both parties to maintain a national democratic charade in which money counts more than truth.

            Fraction Magic – Part 1: Votes are being counted as fractions instead of as whole numbers

            The results of this study demonstrate that a fractional vote feature is embedded in each GEMS application which can be used to invisibly, yet radically, alter election outcomes by pre-setting desired vote percentages to redistribute votes. This tampering is not visible to election observers, even if they are standing in the room and watching the computer.

  • Nick Smegg

    People said the Brexit referendum was a facade. It may well turn out to be so. However, the result has certainly changed the political mood in the country. A Trump victory may do the same for the United States.

    • Know this about Brexit

      Sep 19, 2000 Euro-federalists financed by US spy chiefs

      The documents confirm suspicions voiced at the time that America was working aggressively behind the scenes to push Britain into a European state. One memorandum, dated July 26, 1950, gives instructions for a campaign to promote a fully fledged European parliament. It is signed by Gen William J Donovan, head of the American wartime Office of Strategic Services, precursor of the CIA.

  • WillDippel

    Here is an article that looks at the ridiculous amount of money being raised by Super PACs during the 2016 cycle:

    This money is being used to buy influence, thanks to the SpeechNow Supreme Court decision.

    • You are spot on target Mr.Dippel. Jan 9, 2010 Corporate “personhood” and election financing

      Will Supreme Court decide to allow more corporate money in elections?

  • Brockland A.T.

    Looks like Hilary’s major campaign funding source, the Clinton Foundation, may be getting some IRS love.

    • swinebraten

      And if the IRS “can’t find anything wrong” then we know all hope is lost.

      • Brockland A.T.

        Trump 2016

  • cstahnke

    I have not made up my mind but Trump deserves consideration for these reasons: 1) he is an obvious bullshitter who understands that the only way to trump the propaganda organs is to out-bullshit them; 2) according to Roger Stone who I used to know back in the eighties and nineties, Trump is aware of Deep Politics, how much and how deep who knows but it offers a glimmer of hope; and 3) the entire apparatus of the Ministry of Truth is full throated in their opposition to Trump and since that Ministry is, for me, Pupblic Enemy Number One, I am tempted. Trump is a con man and a disreputable and predatory capitalist but there are worse things. I do also know that the only way to lessen the power of the oligarchy is through an oligarch–the system will not allow anything else. But it’s hard for me to vote for someone who has not made clear what “law and order”is.

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    Neoconservatives like Iraq warmonger Robert Kagan aren’t endorsing Hillary Clinton for president merely because they want rid of Donald Trump, but because she’s one of them, writes Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

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