Some on the left celebrated the news Friday of billionaire David Koch’s death after a battle with prostate cancer.
The libertarian philanthropist and political activist had contributed over $1.3 billion to public policy institutes, medical organizations, cultural institutions, and more. He was 79.
Those on the left expressing happiness over Koch’s passing included American sportswriter Charles Pierce, who suggested his corpse be dropped “into the Amazon rainforest fires,” and Rob Sheridan, an American graphic designer and photographer, who tweeted that he hoped Koch “suffered” as he died.
Good riddance David Koch, you absolutely evil sack of ass. I hope you suffered.— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) August 23, 2019
Koch’s older brother, Charles Koch, announced the death in a statement Friday morning.
“Anyone who worked with David surely experienced his giant personality and passion for life,” Charles Koch said. “David’s philanthropic dedication to education, the arts and cancer research will have a lasting impact on innumerable lives—and that we will cherish forever.”
Kevin Gosztola, Shadowproof managing editor, tweeted that the Koch family should “drop his body out of luxury jet into blazing Amazon rainforest in Brazil.”
CNN commentator Keith Boykin said Koch had used “dark money to support right-wing causes and Republican candidates for office.”
David Koch wanted to abolish public schools, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and rent control. He financed groups that denied the research on climate change. He funded the Tea Party. And he used dark money to support right-wing causes and Republican candidates for office. https://t.co/x08wiaOh9p— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) August 23, 2019
Frederick Joseph, writer and founder of We Have Stories, tweeted that Koch was “pure evil” and added that “the world is a better place with him gone.” Joseph also wrote the death was cause for a “celebration.”
“But imagine the turn up when orange satan is taken back to hell,” Joseph said in another tweet, likely referring to President Donald Trump.
Hasan added that “his long-term legacy” will be “funding the effort to downplay an existential threat to all of us.”
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro called out the “glee” over Koch’s death and wrote on Twitter that it shows “how poisonous our politics have become.”
“The glee over the death of David Koch—a serious philanthropist with libertarian political views—is a perfect example of how poisonous our politics have become,” Shapiro wrote.
“Koch was pro-same sex marriage and he wasn’t pro-life,” he wrote. “Even that isn’t enough to appease the ghouls who see any support of Republicans as a symptom of grave inhumanity.”
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