Home Depot Co-Founder: How I Went From Backing Jeb To Standing With Trump

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Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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Bernie Marcus — billionaire co-founder of hardware giant Home Depot — wrote a Wednesday op-ed endorsing Donald Trump.

“I now stand in support of Donald J. Trump because the fate of this nation depends upon sending him, and not Hillary Clinton, to the White House,” he stated.

Marcus served as Home Depot’s first CEO and Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 2002, and he explained that a Trump presidency would not only reverse the “the damage done by President Barack Obama,” but would prevent Hillary Clinton and the Democrats from pushing the country “leftward for generations” to come.

Not only would Trump install a conservative on the Supreme Court, but would protect small businesses by letting the market regulate itself.

“I have never seen our government as hostile to free enterprise, especially small business, as it is today,” he wrote. “It is driving over-regulation, over-taxation, over-litigation, and over-spending. These “overs” are killing small businesses, which create the majority of new jobs in America.”

“Politicians like Obama and Clinton, aided by the media and academia, have peddled a dangerous sentiment that government can provide for Americans better than the private sector. That’s not just false, it’s likely the nexus of Trump’s massively popular slogan, ‘Make America Great Again.'”

Finally, Marcus — who described himself “as a GOP donor who stood steadfastly behind Jeb Bush” — noted that “Republicans who refuse to stand behind their party’s nominee are electing Clinton, whether they cast their ballots for her or not.”

“As Americans, the choice is abundantly clear: If you want four more years of President Obama, vote for Hillary Clinton; if you want to take the country in a new direction, vote for Donald Trump.”

You can read Marcus’ entire column over at Real Clear Politics.

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