In a major boost for former President Donald Trump, billionaire Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus has publicly endorsed him for president in 2024.
In an op-ed for RealClearPolitics, Marcus wrote that he believes Trump is the “only candidate” who can “return America to prosperity.” He also praised Trump’s record in office, saying that he “cut taxes, created jobs, and made America great again.”
Marcus is a big Republican contributor, thus his endorsement matters. He and his wife gave $24 million to Republican groups in 2020, including $10.7 million to Trump-supporting committees.
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Marcus’s endorsement comes as Republicans pressure Trump. Republicans worry about Trump’s 2020 emphasis and divisive comments. Marcus’s endorsement is anticipated to consolidate Trump’s lead in the Republican race.
Implications of Marcus’s endorsement
Marcus’s Trump endorsement has repercussions. First, it shows that affluent Republican contributors still back Trump. This is crucial because Trump will require a lot of money to conduct a successful presidential campaign.
Marcus’s endorsement might legitimize Trump’s campaign with Republican skeptics. Marcus is a respected Republican, so his endorsement might encourage other Republicans to back Trump.
Third, Marcus’s endorsement may split Republicans. Marcus’s endorsement may not influence Trump-opposing Republicans. Now that Marcus has backed Trump, more Republicans on the fence may embrace him.
Marcus’s endorsement of Trump is critical for the 2024 presidential contest. Trump’s strong backing from affluent Republican contributors may legitimize his campaign with some Republicans who have been hesitant to endorse him. It may potentially split Republicans.