Bill Maher did not stop anything when he commented on the death of the billionaire conservative David Koch during the opening monologue of his HBO talk show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Friday.
David, who died Friday after a long battle with prostate cancer, and his brother Charles Koch were for decades one of the largest donors of the Republican Party. They built up their billions as co-owners of Koch Industries, an oil, chemical and textile conglomerate.
Maher opened his show with a series of dark jokes that the Kochs had donated millions to fund research and politicians who denied climate change, and it was believed to be an attempt to further increase their fortune through the sale of fossil fuels.
Bill Maher opened his HBO talk show with a series of jokes about David Koch's death, then became serious and said "damn it … I'm glad he's dead & # 39; about his attitude against climate change.
& # 39; I think I should re-evaluate my low opinion about prostate cancer, & # 39; Maher said, adding that David was & # 39; 79, but his family said they wished it could be longer. But at least he lived long enough to see the Amazon catch fire. & # 39;
Maher further joked that & # 39; condolences have come in from all the politicians he owned and mourning is asked instead of flowers just to keep their car engine running. As for his remains, he is asked to be cremated and to have his ashes blow into the lungs of a child. & # 39;
Maher then became serious.
David and his brother have been doing more than anyone else for decades to fund climate science deniers, so don't blame him. The Amazon is burning up. I'm glad he's dead. And I hope the end was painful. & # 39;
Maher was not the only celebrity who took evil excavations to David Koch after the news of his death.
On Friday, Bette Midler, who was not shy in sharing her political opinions, posted a cruel Tweet that it & # 39; nostalgic thinking & # 39; and that she believed Charles had died too.
Maher tweeted the Real Talk with Bill Maher which was opened on Saturday with this joke
Billionaire businessman David Koch of the infamous Koch brothers died on Friday at the age of 79
David Koch, right, with older brother Charles, left, on Morning Joe in November 2015
Bette Midler was one of those who shared nasty tweets that celebrated the death of David Koch on Friday
& # 39; I tweeted that #CharlesKoch died instead of #DavidKochIsDEAD. I am sorry to give false hope to others. I think it was just melancholy. While we see the Amazon rainforest burning, all the perpetrators of #GlobalWarming are mainly in mind, & the 39-year-old wrote.
She later pulled out the conservative think tank president Kay Coles James, who honored David on her own Twitter account by describing him as & # 39; a friend of freedom & # 39 ;.
& # 39; With all due respect, Mrs. James, f ** k u. A & # 39; friend of freedom & # 39 ;. Yes, his and his family's. The rest of us can drink and burn lead water in the climate change that he caused, & Midler raged.
The Hocus Pocus actress was not the only one to celebrate David's death on Friday.
Others have posted nasty tweets in which they taunt Charles, who is 83 years old, about his future death.
Hundreds of people shared cruel – and in some cases nasty – reports of David's death
Writer Sandra Newman wrote: & # 39; Today Charles Koch learns how overjoyed the world will be when he dies & # 39 ;.
Meanwhile, the former Democratic candidate for the 18th convention district of Florida – who lost her primary bid in 2018 – wrote that she felt sorry for the late David Koch.
& # 39; Good advice Mr. Koch … The world fills a smidge lighter without you. & # 39;
Not all outspoken Democrats and leftist activists, however, agreed.
Alyssa Milano – known as a pronounced progressive – rebuked those who posted happy messages.
& # 39; Celebrating a man's death as he fights to abolish the death penalty is a bad look for Democrats / people, & she said.
Alyssa Milano – known as a pronounced progressive – rebuked those who posted happy messages
Elsewhere, the conservative commentator Ben Shapiro claimed that the nasty tweets were a perfect example of how toxic our politics have become & # 39 ;.
Together with his brother Charles, David built his fortune as co-owner of Koch Industries, the second largest private company in the US. Both men had an estimated assets of $ 50.5 billion, making them the 11th richest man in the world.
The Koch brothers have been one of the largest donors to the Republican Party since the 1980s and are drawing the anger of many liberals, some of whom celebrated David's death on Twitter.
David Koch is survived by his wife, Julia, and their three children: David Jr., Mary Julia and John Mark.
On Friday, Julia Koch said in a statement: “As we mourn the loss of our hero, we remember his iconic smile, insatiable curiosity, and gentle heart. His stories about childhood adventures have enlivened our family dinners; his endless knowledge made him our "current Google".
& # 39; His sensitive heart let him shed a tear over the beauty of his daughter's ballet and shone with pride as his son beat him to play chess. We will miss the fifth link in our family. & # 39;
Details about the death of Koch including the time, place and cause are unclear. He is survived by his wife, Julia, and their three children. Pictured: Koch at the 13th Annual Prostate Cancer Foundation Gala at Water Mill, New York, August 2017, left; and with his wife, Julia, at the School of American Ballet & # 39; s Winter Ball at the David H Koch Theater in New York City, March 2017, right
David Koch built his fortune with Koch Industries, a conglomerate for oil, chemicals and textiles based in the home town of the Wichita brothers, Kansas.
It is currently the second largest private company in the US, with Charles, the current CEO, who says it & literally about my corpse & # 39; will be made public. The economist.
In June 2018, David said goodbye to the company and cited health issues.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1992, who had been fighting on and off for years. At the time, he had five months to live.
& # 39; David gladly said that a combination of brilliant doctors, state-of-the-art drugs and his own stubbornness kept the cancer at bay, "said Charles Koch's statement.
& # 39; We can all be grateful for it because it has affected so many more lives. & # 39;
According to Forbes magazine, David Koch's assets at the time of his death were $ 50.5 billion, making him the 11th richest person in the world – associated with his brother.
The combined wealth of the brothers is supposed to have surpassed the wealth of & # 39; the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, the founder, president, CEO, and president of Amazon.com Inc.
In addition to New York City, David Koch had homes in Southampton, New York, Aspen, Colorado, and Palm Beach, Florida.
The brothers began their political journey in the late 1970s by supporting hard Libertarian goals, culminating in David's run as vice-presidential candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket in the 1980 presidential election.
He and presidential candidate Ed Clark ran on a platform that called for the abolition of the social security, the IRS, the Federal Reserve, the FBI, the CIA and the Environmental Protection Agency.
They were also opposed to government spending, including public schools, Medicare and Medicaid.
As a message, it did not resonate, and the ticket received only one percent, with Ronald Reagan beats incumbent President Jimmy Carter.
Koch was born in Wichita, Kansas, in May 1940 and is a twin with Bill Koch. Pictured, from left to right: Bill Koch, Charles Koch, David Koch and Frederick Koch, undated
He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in chemical technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pictured, from left to right: Bill Koch, Charles Koch and David Koch, undated
Koch joined Koch Industries in 1970, founded by his father. On the photo: Mother Mary, sitting; back row, from left to right: Bill Koch, David Koch, father Fred Koch, Charles Koch and Frederick Koch
Since the 1980s, the Koch brothers have used their enormous fortunes to bank their own conservative political machine, creating an enormous empire of organizations and interest groups that have anchored the post-Reagan GOP as the party of tax cuts and scarce regulations.
By doing this, they became the bête noire for many Democratic and environmental activists who complained about the tentacles of the & # 39; kochtopus & # 39; and its great influence on conservative politics.
Environmentalists criticized the couple for funding political campaigns aimed at reversing environmental regulations and being the main sponsors of the climate change denial in the US.
Koch Industries has paid millions of fines for oil spills, discharge of toxic chemicals, and violating other environmental regulations.
According to the interest group Good jobs first, the company has paid more than $ 749 million in environmental violations since 2000.
The Koch brothers argued for lower government spending and limited involvement in wars abroad, and analysts believe they have contributed to the Tea Party movement.
In a Weekly Standard interview in 2011, David Koch named the then President Barack Obama & # 39; the most radical president we have ever had as a nation & # 39; and accused him of causing & # 39; more damage to the free enterprise system and long-term prosperity than any president we've ever had & # 39 ;, CNBC.
Koch ran as the vice-presidential candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket in 1980, but received only one percent of the vote. Pictured, from left to right: David, presidential candidate Ed Clark, and Clarks wife Alicia Garcia Cobos de Clark, during a rally in Los Angeles, September 1980
He gave $ 100 million to the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center – renamed the David H Koch Theater. Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker and David Koch at the opening night party of the New York City Ballet 2008-2009 in November 2008
Koch is believed to have contributed at least $ 395 million to medical institutions and research projects between 1998 and 2012 Pictured, from left to right: Margo Langenberg, Frederick Koch, David Koch, Julia Koch at the School of American Ballet Winter Ball, March 2017
The Koch brothers financed non-profit organizations such as Americans for prosperity, which argued for lower taxes and fewer business regulations.
The brothers, however, collided with Republican President Donald Trump and supported his rivals for the 2016 Republican nomination.
They displayed advertisements at the import rates that Trump applied to goods that came from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.
The brothers also supported the Obama-era Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and criticized the Trump government for failing to provide a legal, easy path to the status of citizenship for undocumented young immigrants.
David Koch was also an advocate of the woman's right to abortion, same-sex marriage and prison reform.
The brothers had hinted that they would be open to support Democrats in the 2020 elections.
David Koch was not only a political donor, but also a philanthropist.
He gave $ 100 million to the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center – later renamed the David H Koch Theater – and $ 65 million to renovate the square at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
David also gave money to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and the dinosaur wing in the American Museum of Natural History.
The outpatient center of New York-Presbyterian and the dinosaur wing of the Natural History Museum are also named after him.
David is said to have contributed at least $ 395 million to various medical institutions and research projects between 1998 and 2012.
In total, he has donated an estimated between $ 1.2 billion and $ 1.3 billion of his fortune between the arts and the medical world.
Koch married his wife, Julia Flescher, a former Adolfo assistant, in 1996. On the photo: the couple at their wedding in Long Island
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