News Times Excerpt:
Donald Trump plans to return to Wisconsin next week for a pair of high-rolling fundraisers and once again the state’s top Republican leaders won’t be there.
So what is it they don't want anyone to see ... just yet?
Right now, the media consensus is the billionaire's dirty Koch brothers hate Donald Trump. I don't buy that message entirely right now. For one, it seems to be too loosely accepted and generic in reasoning. In my view, it's exactly what they want us to think.
But nobody ever said the Koch brothers were stupid. They know the last presidential campaign they meticulously planned for, openly funded and publicly endorsed - Romney and Ryan - miserably failed.
They also know that just months after they told media sources who their favorite was in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination - Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin - he became the second candidate to drop out from the field of sixteen.
Even Trump knew the public soured on the Koch brothers when he referred to the GOP's top-tier candidates (at that time), Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Carly Fiorina for attending a Charles and David Koch's donor conference, as "puppets" in a tweet.
They ALL know the American public of late doesn't take too kindly to political candidates groveling at the feet of billionaires.
Koch representatives also know that the further they can keep the brothers away from Trump, whether in public or in private, in speech or in writing, the better Trump's chances will be. Conversely, there are plenty reasons for Trump to believe that a Koch brothers endorsement or connection, at this critical stage, could become the final kiss of death to his campaign.
But even with that we know there still is a connection. Those who watch politics closely know that Wisconsin's top Republicans, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Ron Johnson and RNC Chief Reince Priebus, all attaining national notoriety, are extremely heavy feeders of Koch industries.
Although Walker received the Koch's last public endorsement for president and Johnson is considered their "model legislator," it is Paul Ryan as House Speaker, who is the highest ranking national member in the Koch machine. Trump knows that too. That's why his painfully laughable endorsement of Ryan came about only after Reince Priebus, the other Wisconsin Koch puppet, threatened to pull party resources away from Trump's campaign.
It's also important to note that Ryan has steadfastly banked and qualified his endorsement for Donald Trump on a single motive - that if elected president, Trump will sign his agenda into law.
Keep in mind, Paul Ryan's agenda IS the Koch brothers agenda. They are inseparable.
Oh, and Koch clubber Diane Hendricks offered herself to help Trump break the "liberal" mocking of his all-men "six men named Steve" economic advisory team. The rule is; anything they can do for the Koch brothers.
So the Koch brothers so-called "hate" for Trump might be personal, but it certainly can't be political.
Simply put: He's their guy.
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