Longtime GOP Supporters Concerned about Donald Trump’s Influence on the Republican Party

It is an understatement to say that presidential candidate Donald Trump has changed the political landscape in a way that could not have been imagined at the start of 2015. From the moment he announced that he was throwing his hat into the political campaign, Donald Trump has made a series of controversial statements that have garnered him the support and admiration of throngs of fans, as well as the ire of many.

The majority of the challenges to Mr. Trump’s statements and policies have come from left leaning politicians and constituents. However, as Mr. Trump has been able to hold onto and increase his lead in the Republican nomination race, many longtime supporters of the GOP are also voicing their concerns about the effect that Donald Trump is having on the party and the future consequences for the country and the world if he and like-minded candidate Ted Cruz are elected. Top on that list of anti-Trump Republicans included the 80-year-old billionaire and leader of industry Charles G. Koch.

Mr. Koch is no stranger to politics. Over the decades both he and his brother have provided financial support to many Republican candidates across the country. In fact, the Koch brothers, along with other well-funded donors who share the same concerns about the state of the country, said that they were planning to spend up to $900 million supporting Republican candidates.

During an interview with The Financial Times, Mr. Koch said that he felt that big-money no longer had the same influence over politics that it did in times past. He said in reference to the candidacy of Ted Cruz and Donald Trump that it was a challenge for him to get excited about these individuals because they were not addressing issues that he personally was passionate about and that he strongly felt were in the best interest of the United States of America.

One of the controversial comments of Mr. Trump that were addressed in this interview was the comment that Mr. Trump has repeatedly made, and even highlighted in his campaign ad, that he would ban foreign Muslims from coming into the USA. Mr. Koch made it very clear that from his perspective this policy was against what America represents.

This is not surprising since Mr. Koch’s grandfather, Harry Koch, was a Dutch immigrant who later went on to make a successful name for himself in Texas.

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