Koch Brothers Condemn Trump Immigration Order – But Not Hogan

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The uber right wing Koch operation today condemned Donald Trump’s extraordinary order barring refugees and travel from seven countries.

Leaders of the influential Koch network on Sunday expressed opposition to President Trump’s controversial ban on refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, saying the executive order is not in keeping with their aims to build a free and open society.

“We believe it is possible to keep Americans safe without excluding people who wish to come here to contribute and pursue a better life for their families,” said Brian Hooks, the president of the Charles Koch Foundation, who is co-chairing a weekend conference of donors who help finance the Koch operation.

“The travel ban is the wrong approach and will likely be counterproductive,” he added. “Our country has benefited tremendously from a history of welcoming people from all cultures and backgrounds. This is a hallmark of free and open societies.”

The statement represents the network’s first public critique of Trump since his election victory.

The Post also has a list (paltry, to be honest) of those 12 GOP congressmen and senators who have criticized Trump’s actions. 20 have been wishy washy, and 31 have supported it. Considering the usual Prussian efficiency of the GOP on intra-party discipline, it’s certainly better than one might have feared, but still not anywhere near good enough.

Who else hasn’t said anything? Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.

Democratic lawmakers in deep-blue Maryland are calling on Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to denounce President Trump’s controversial travel ban.

Hogan, who is widely popular in Maryland even though Democrats out number Republicans in the state more than 2 to 1, was sharply critical of Trump during the presidential campaign and did not vote for the Republican candidate.

But he has been silent on the travel ban Trump signed Friday, even as a growing chorus of Republican have condemned it.

Over the weekend, the state’s leading Democrats took to Twitter and other social media to denounce Trump’s newly imposed ban on refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim nations, calling the executive order hateful and un-American. Their messages demanded to know whether Hogan would say the same.

“I condemn the President’s executive orders and commit to use my authority to fight discrimination and hate,” wrote Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D), a former state senator.

The official Twitter account for the Maryland Senate Democrats retweeted Frosh’s post and a post from a state teachers union official who said Hogan’s “silence and indifference . . . in the face of the dangers posed in the first week of a Trump presidency cannot continue.”

Short term, burying his head in the sand is a good strategy. And if this were the one stupid thing Trump was doing, it might make more sense. But Hogan’s problem – Trump being off any tether to either rationality or constitutional government – isn’t going away any time soon. The longer he sits quietly and impassively, the more voters will assume from his silence that he is at a minimum acquiescent to destructive government at the federal level. That will, in the long run, severely wound his reelection chances. Being seen as a reasonable moderate was Larry Hogan’s calling card. If large segments of the electorate begin to question that assumption, Hogan will be in serious trouble.

He must speak his mind on these major, morally imperative policies that the cabal of fascists in Trump’s White House have cooked up. At the end of the day, we’re all either fascists or we’re anti-fascists. There’s no middle ground here for chickenshit cowards to try to play both ends against the middle. To their credit, the Koch Brothers have come out against the fascists. Surely Larry Hogan doesn’t want to be pegged to the right of the Kochs?

So Governor Hogan, in the end, you’re gonna have to take a stand, and you have to do it soon: which side are you on?

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