Charles Koch: Democrats Have "Made A Full Time Job" Of Demonizing Me


CEO of Koch Industries Charles Koch, spoke with FNC's Megyn Kelly about politicians and how they’re not going to "reverse the trajectory of this country" and how he’s "never been that fond of politics and only got into it recently kicking and screaming."

On whether the Democrats, as well as the President, have “tried to make boogie men” out of him and his brother:

"Oh definitely, that’s a full time job on their part. I mean and that’s why I’ve never been that fond of politics and only got into it recently kicking and screaming. Of what I give to charity, the part that goes to or I donate, the part that goes to politics is a very, very, very small piece of that because I don’t think politicians are going to reverse the trajectory of this country. I think it’s going to depend on the American people understanding what is fair and what makes their lives better and so I’ve been working for over 50 years on better understanding that and communicating that."

On whether it bothers him that the Democrats attack him relentlessly and have painted him as “evil”:

"Well I, I mean as Harry Truman said if you can’t stand the heat don’t go in the kitchen. And so that’s [my motto]. I would prefer that everybody just think I’m wonderful but that isn’t going to happen."

On whether he sees anyone that might potentially stand for the principles in which he believes:

"Well, it's possible. The problem is- is that the practice of any, of almost every politician, not all - only 90-some percent, there's a difference between the rhetoric and then what they practice in office. And that's the problem we had with George W Bush. I mean, he's a fine person and meant well, but his irresponsible spending, out of control spending, harmful regulations, getting us in counterproductive wars. I mean, that's when we, we really got involved in politics. We, we started this, this seminar network in 2003 under the Bush administration to oppose those policies."

"I don't have a guy. I have these principles and what I'm trying to accomplish. And, and what we need, to me, is a candidate that will help change the trajectory of the country. From all this wasteful, irresponsible spending that's heading us for a financial cliff - not just by the Democrats but by the Republicans. The reason we tend to support Republicans is they're taking us toward the cliff at only 70 miles an hour and the Democrats are taking us 100 miles an hour. So I'm sad to say it's the lesser of evils, but what we'd be great to have - somebody who would change this trajectory and, and move us away from this irresponsible spending that we can't afford, and away from this trend toward a 2-tiered society."

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