Hillary Clinton got a surprising endorsement from billionaire Charles Koch on Sunday which is either good or bad news depending on your political stripes.
In an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Koch said “its possible” that Hillary Clinton would be preferable as president to any of the Republican candidates.
Koch went on to say that his massive political network has not invested in supporting or stopping any of the Republican candidates for President and he and his brother may withhold their money entirely this election season.
“These personal attacks and pitting one person against the other — that’s the message you’re sending the country,” Koch said in an exclusive interview with ABC News that aired Sunday. “You’re role models and you’re terrible role models. So how — I don’t know how we could support ’em.”
Charles Koch, along with his brother David, have become infamous for using their billions to influence elections and buy politicians.
In a way, their tacit support of Hillary Clinton makes sense. She has already shopped her self out to Wall Street and taken millions from the Democratic establishment, so why not sell to the GOP establishment as well.
In his interview with ABC, Charles Koch claimed that supporting Hillary made economic sense, pointing out that her husband Bill’s presidency was more economically prosperous that George W. Bush’s.
“As far as the growth of government, the increase in spending, it was 2½ times under Bush that it was under Clinton,” he said.
Koch hesitated however to say that he would go as far as to support Hillary himself.
“We would have to believe her actions would have to be quite different than her rhetoric, let me put it that way,” he said.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus said that the Koch brothers like to appear non-partisan and that maybe this sudden shift in support was a possible feint.
“Charles Koch — and I know David and Charles, and Charles in particular has oftentimes gone out of his way to appear non-partisan. And maybe he is. I don’t know,” Priebus said.
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