(NationalUSNews.com) — The 94-year-old co-founder of Home Depot, Bernie Marcus, has officially stated that he is endorsing Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election. Marcus, in a piece for RealClearPolitics, described the former president’s first term as great for the country despite his “brash style”. He believed former President Trump had the greatest chance of winning the general election and that he was the best choice to “take on and dismantle” what Marcus calls the administrative state that is strangling America.
Marcus has donated tens of millions of dollars to various Republican causes or politicians over the years. He is estimated to be worth $8 billion. This sudden support for Trump may seem like an about-face since he donated $250,000 to Youngkin’s Spirit of Virginia PAC just last month. Many GOP billionaires and other high-level donors have been encouraging Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin to run in the GOP primary against Trump. Marcus was among 13 billionaires who have donated a combined $5.9 million to Youngkin’s PAC over the course of this year. However, Youngkin seems to be indicating he may decide not to run, as he said last week that he was focused on his state and “not going anywhere”.
In his article for RealClearPolitics, Marcus brings up many of the issues that concern people today. He talks about America’s unprotected border, increasing lawlessness in cities, and the educational failure that has led to drops in literacy and mathematical competency in America’s schools. He says that at his advanced age, he was prepared to step away from the politics of the day and just let younger generations continue to fight the good fight.
However, Marcus added that after what just “three years of bad government policies” had done to the US, the stakes were too high for him to just walk away. Marcus acknowledges that he and other conservative donors have been frustrated with Trump at times, but he believes he is most likely to get the nomination and, moreover, the best person for the job.
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