The list of Palm Beach billionaires with memberships at Mar-a-Lago who have ticked off President Donald Trump grew by two on Tuesday when Trump bashed Koch industries’ powerful donor network in a 2-part, early morning tweet.
The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade. I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas. They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more. I made.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018
....them richer. Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn. They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed, I’m for America First & the American Worker - a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018
Twin brothers Bill and David Koch, whose family founded Koch industries Inc., both own oceanfront estates in Palm Beach - one just north of of the president’s private club.
The president’s tweet presumably came in response to last weekend’s meeting in Colorado Springs of major donors to the Kochs’ political funding and policy network.
David Koch and brother Charles Koch founded Americans for Prosperity in 2004 - a conservative libertarian political advocacy group that has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative candidates.
However, the group - arguably one of the most influential American conservative organization - did not back Trump during the 2016 campaign.
Bill Koch, who parted ways with his brothers during a nasty, 16-year-old legal battle, shares some of his brothers’ conservative views but is liberal on issues such as gay marriage, abortion rights and the decriminalization of drugs He supported Mitt Romney’s run for president and has also given money to Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida.
Bill Koch, who has reconciled with his twin, founded Oxbridge Academy on Military Trial in West Palm Beach and has been a longtime supporter of the Palm Beach Police Foundation, which hosts its annual ball at Mar-a-Lago.
The snub in 2016 prompted Trump to lash out against the Kochs during the campaign, calling candidates they backed “ - such as Republican Sen. Marco Rubio - “puppets.”
I really like the Koch Brothers (members of my P.B. Club), but I don't want their money or anything else from them. Cannot influence Trump!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2015
After last weekend’s gathering, the group further distanced itself from Trump and the Republican base, citing Trump’s aggressive trade and immigration policies and the divisive political climate in Washington.
The Kochs are the most recent Palm Beach billionaires to find themselves in the ring with Trump. Democrat Jeff Greene, Trump’s neighbor and Mar-a-Lago member, launched his television ad campaign for governor blasting Trump for the millions of tax-dollars spent on his frequent golf weekends at Mar-a-Lago.
Another ad shows a video clip of Greene confronting Trump in the dining room at Trump International Golf Club, claiming Greene is “the only candidate in America who was willing to stand up to Trump in his own dining room.”
As for who is the richest among them all, Forbes estimiates David Koch’s worth at $60 billion, Greene’s at $3.8 billion and David’s at $1.7 billion. Trump is worth $3.1 billion.