Conservatives were both surprised and skeptical a few months ago when establishment moguls Charles and David Koch quietly announced they would not make any moves against Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Now, it has been revealed that this skepticism was well-founded.
The Huffington Post has reported this week that Charles Koch has been telling friends that if Trump falls significantly short of the delegates needed to win the nomination at the convention, House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan would be a “shoo-in” to win the nomination.
According to Conservative Tribune, a Koch Industries spokesman said these reports are “completely false,” but the wording of their statement carefully avoids saying the Kochs won’t make a move at the convention. Instead, it only guarantees the Kochs won’t make a move at the primaries.
Let me be clear, we never have advocated for a specific candidate in a presidential primary, and we have no plans to do so now,” Koch Industries spokesman Mark Holden said.
Charles Koch had previously slammed Trump when he said he was withholding any donations due to a “lack of substance and civility” on the campaign trail.
The Kochs aren’t the only ones tapping Ryan for a run to the White House. Over the weekend, Politico quoted an unnamed GOP figure described as “(o)ne of the nation’s best-wired Republicans” as saying that Ryan is the favorite to win the nomination.
“He’s the most conservative, least establishment member of the establishment,” the source was quoted as saying. “That’s what you need to be.”
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