Pollster Emily Ekins said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — State Dept. employees targets of spyware Ohio Republican Party meeting ends abruptly over anti-DeWine protesters Jan. 6 panel faces new test as first witness pleads the Fifth MORE's feud with Republican mega-donors Charles and David Koch has put a spotlight on the differences between conservatives and libertarians.
"Charles and David Koch are libertarians, and that's different from conservative in many ways," Ekins, who is the polling director at the libertarian Cato Institute, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."
"Conservatives and libertarians are very similar on having a lot less regulation than we have, limited government, free markets, but they have different opinions on immigration, criminal justice reform and, in some instances, free trade," she continued.
"So we're seeing those fissures come about because President Trump, he has kind of deemphasized issues of limited government, at least his rhetoric, and he's focused more on immigration, trade, and those issues," she said. "Those are the areas in which libertarians and conservatives are often at odds."
Conservative pollster Brett Loyd, president and CEO of the Polling Company, took aim at the Koch network, which he considers to be conservative-leaning.
"In campaign politics circles, President Trump's absolutely right here over the past two years or so, Koch industries and their PAC, and political arm have been disarray," Loyd told Concha.
Trump slammed the Kochs in a tweet on Wednesday after their political network, Americans for Prosperity, announced it would not support Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) in his Senate bid against incumbent Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).
The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade. I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas. They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more. I made.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018
....them richer. Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn. They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed, I’m for America First & the American Worker - a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018
Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips cited Cramer's support for the Export-Import Bank, the farm bill and the $1.3 trillion spending package for the decision not to back the Republican candidate.