The Wall Street Journal: Charles Koch: Still anti-Trump, but it’s ‘blood libel’ that he’d back Clinton

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Billionaire Charles Koch called the notion that he would support Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election “blood libel,” while doubling down on his assertion that he wouldn’t support Republican Donald Trump.

“The first thing I want to do is correct a rumor that the media keeps stimulating, and that is that I’m probably going to support Hillary,” Koch told a group of about 400 donors. He added, to a round of cheers: “That is a blood libel,” using a term that refers to the anti-Semitic belief that Jews used the blood of Christian children to make ritual bread called matzo.

Koch continued: “At this point, I can’t support either candidate, but I’m certainly not going to support Hillary.”

In an April interview with ABC News, Koch said it was “possible” that Clinton was a better candidate than the Republican candidates who remained in the primary, but he didn’t say whether he could see himself supporting the Democrat.

Speaking to the donors, who had traveled here this weekend for the network’s biannual seminar, Koch sought to play down the importance of electing a Republican president.

“To address the current political crisis, our first objective is to stop the worst federal policies, regardless of who is the next president,” he told the donors.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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