Libertarian philanthropist David Koch has passed away at the age of 79. The gay-rights advocate and patron of the arts was, along with his brother Charles Koch, one of the most reviled individuals in American politics among journalists and other left-wing activists, even when they were doing ostensibly uncontroversial things such as donating large amounts of money to a hospital.
In March 2014, liberal activist groups staged a protest outside the planned site of the David H. Koch Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. The center was funded in part by a $100 million donation from the man Democratic billionaire and presidential candidate Tom Steyer once described as "famously evil."
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The libs were so mad that even New York City Councilman Ben Kallos showed up at the rally to denounce David Koch for financing a new hospital center in his district.
— NYSNA (@nynurses) March 8, 2014
At one point, union leader Minerva Solla took the mic and declared, "If there ain't gonna be no justice, there ain't gonna be no peace!" It's a phrase often shouted at gatherings of angry libs, but one that becomes especially poignant when used to decry the existence of a hospital that is also dedicated to environmental sustainability.
Some context: These activists were protesting the hospital around the same time that Ukrainian protestors were dying in the streets of Kiev and fighting a medieval trench war against armed riot police in an effort to oust their Russian-backed plutocrat president.
— 1199SEIU Caregivers (@1199SEIU) March 8, 2014
Added context: In 2012, former President Bill Clinton was paid $225,000 to give a speech at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., the same year the hospital laid off 300 employees. "No disrespect to Bill Clinton, but that money could’ve gone a long way and been put to better use," union leader Dan Fields Jr. said at the time.
As a result of David Koch's philanthropy, his name adorns a number of prominent sites throughout New York City, including the David H. Koch Theater at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a beloved institution among liberal élites.