Home Depot co-founder and billionaire Bernie Marcus recently expressed unwavering support for former President Donald Trump, even in the face of Trump’s legal battles.
Despite Trump pleading not guilty to multiple criminal counts across different indictments, Marcus’s support remains steadfast.
Reuters Interview Reveals Depth of Support
In an interview with Reuters, Marcus was questioned about his continued backing of Trump if the latter were to be convicted. “I think so,” Marcus responded, indicating his belief that the charges against Trump are unfounded.
“Because I think it’s all trumped up.” This statement underscores Marcus’s conviction in Trump’s innocence.
Personal Interaction with Trump
Marcus mentioned his recent conversation with Trump, emphasizing that it was not centered around Trump’s legal battles or funding. He said that Trump was “very happy” about Mr. Marcus’s support, revealing the mutual respect and appreciation between the two.
Significant but Not Top Donor
Despite his substantial support, Marcus clarified his role in Trump’s campaign funding: “Of course, I’m going to support him to some extent, but I’m not one of his big givers, that’s for sure.” Campaign finance records corroborated this statement.
Marcus and his wife have been significant Republican donors, contributing nearly $25 million in the 2020 election cycle, making them notable figures in political funding.
Forbes values Marcus’s net worth at approximately $8.8 billion, highlighting his financial influence.
Motivation Behind Support
Marcus’s support for Trump stems from his belief in Trump’s economic and foreign policy capabilities. He commends Trump as a “fixer” who can bolster the U.S. economy and has already proven his mettle in handling Middle Eastern conflicts.
Others Rallying Behind Trump
Marcus is not alone in his support. Another significant political donor, Robert Bigelow, shifted his support to Trump, citing the conflict in the Middle East as a critical factor.
Bigelow’s stance reflects a broader sentiment among supporters that Trump’s leadership style is crucial during international crises.
Op-Ed Highlights Marcus’s Views
In an op-ed, Marcus elaborated on his support for Trump, linking it to the recent conflicts in the Middle East.
“The new war in the Middle East will present great challenges for the free world for some time,” Marcus wrote, stressing the need for strong leadership in such tumultuous times.
Marcus’s Political Strategy
Despite his significant contributions in the past, Marcus mentioned taking a step back in the current election cycle.
However, his recent statements and historical support suggest a continued influential role in political funding and support for Trump’s policies and leadership.