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Koch Brothers Retreat Freaked About Trump

The Hill reports that there was much hand-wringing about Donald Trump at the Koch brothers' winter retreat this past weekend.

The Hill reports that there was much hand-wringing about Donald Trump at the Koch brothers' winter retreat this past weekend. Anti-Trump strategies were discussed:

On the eve of the Iowa causes, Koch network officials revealed in a private meeting with donors that they had commissioned focus group research to identify Trump’s vulnerabilities.

... [A] senior Koch official ... shared for the first time focus group research the network had commissioned showing that Trump’s popularity falls when voters are shown how working people have suffered as a result of his bankruptcies and business dealings in Atlantic City. Stories of ordinary people's livelihoods being harmed as Trump tried to enrich himself at their expense are most effective in "moving the needle" against Trump, donors were told.

So the assembled Kochites were told over the weekend that they should go forward and attack Trump as a guy who's cruel to ordinary people. And when the Kochs say "Jump," apparently National Review says "How high?" Here's the lead story at NR right now:

From the story:

... how many Americans are aware of the grimy details of Trump’s famously #winning record?

And how many know that Donald J. Trump’s vaunted “business” career is marked less by innovative, hard-charging business acumen, and more by good old-fashioned bullying? As one might expect, Trump claims to represent the interests of the blue-collar citizenry of this country. But his business record reveals a man with a penchant for persecuting the little man -- or even the little old lady....

Call it "bespoke journalism": The Kochs ordered it and NR customed-tailored the story just to their specifications. Now, that's great service.

Crossposted at No More Mr. Nice Blog

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