I have always been skeptical that the Tea Party was ever really primarily a grassroots movement. Much like Trump, it always looked like an astroturfing corporate-funded money-making scheme meant to capitalize on populist anger (which manifests mainly as virulent anti-government sentiment, xenophobia, and misogyny).
But Trump is far more popular and recognizable than the Kochs, so it was inevitable that they’d get kicked to the curb.
How We Killed the Tea Party • 2016 Aug 14 • Paul H. Jossey • Politico
It’s basically proof that—much like Communism—all practical implementations of Libertarianism devolve into crony capitalism and kleptocracy.