WHO'S DIVISIVE: Here's a Koch-backed bus helping Republican Sen. Missy Irvin campaign.

Forehead-smacker of the morning from the Washington Post: It concerns one of the regular meetings of the financial supporters of the Koch political organization.

Top officials with the donor network affiliated with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch this weekend sought to distance the network from the Republican Party and President Trump, citing tariff and immigration policies and “divisive” rhetoric out of Washington.

At a gathering of hundreds of donors at the Broadmoor resort here, officials reiterated their plans to spend as much as $400 million on policy issues and political campaigns during the 2018 cycle. Earlier this year, they announced heavy spending aimed at helping Republicans to hold the Senate. But in a warning shot at Trump and the GOP, network co-chair Brian Hooks lamented “tremendous lack of leadership” in Trump’s Washington and the “deterioration of the core institutions of society.”

Riiiiiight. The Kochs have powered their attempted government takeover by seeding organizations that thrive on demonizing government and harshly attacking those who oppose them. In Arkansas, they serve as an adjunct (or perhaps its vice versa) of the Republican Party and their organization was critical in the takeover of the Arkansas Senate to enforce their strategic aims.


Divisive rhetoric? They know it when they see it.