Republican Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran defended the Koch brothers Thursday after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) called the pair “un-American” a day earlier.
“Yesterday two prominent citizens were called unpatriotic,” Roberts said Thursday. “Nothing David and Charles Koch have done is illegal.”
“I guess if you make that much money, you can make these immoral decisions,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “The Koch brothers are about as un-American as anyone I can imagine.”
Moran compared Reid to Joseph McCarthy, who used his congressional power to label people as communists in the 1950s.
“It’s troubling that there is a reflexive reaction in Congress to label people who disagree with you as un-American,” Moran said. “This tactic didn’t end in 1950 and indeed it continues today.”
The Koch brothers, who have made their fortune off U.S. oil, are from Kansas.
Reid also accused the brothers of trying to buy America. The Kochs sponsor several Tea Party and Republican groups that run political ads.