Joshua Green, author of “Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency,” explains how mega-donors Robert and Rebekah Mercer were crucial to Trump’s rise to the White House. Following is a transcript of the video.
Everybody knows about the Koch brothers and their effect on Republican politics. The Mercers are a different strain, I think of them as being kind of the “alt-Kochs.” They have very strange and sometimes bizarre conservative beliefs. Initially, they were Koch donors, but they became frustrated with the fact that Republicans didn’t win anything in 2012.
And so they went off on their own and they are very important to Trump and to Trump’s rise, I contend, because not only did they support Trump directly with millions of dollars, not only did they start these pro-Trump, anti-Hillary Clinton superPACs, but the Mercers are the ones that funded an interlocking series of groups that Steve Bannon ran or influenced. They include Breitbart News, they include Cambridge Analytica, the data firm, they included a movie production company, and they include the Government Accountability Institute, which is a nonprofit research organisation down in Tallahassee, Florida that produced the “Clinton Cash” book that came out on the eve of the election, detailing all the supposedly nefarious connections between the Clinton Foundation and foreign donors that really tarnished Clinton’s image right out of the gate and hurt her in a way that I think she never really recovered from. If you trace all of this back to its taproot, it is the Mercers and their money that enabled this to happen.
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