Bernie Marcus: Why I Stand With Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an event at the annual Rolling Thunder "Ride for Freedom" parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, DC, on  May 29, 2016. / AFP / Andrew CABALLERO        (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Home Depot founder and former Jeb Bush-backer Bernie Marcus has endorsed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, saying the “fate of the nation” hangs on sending him to the White House over Hillary Clinton. Writing for Real Clear Politics, the leading businessman said new businesses across America were being strangled by “faceless bureaucrats and politicians who erroneously believe that government ‘can do it better’.” “I genuinely believe that if we to started The Home Depot today, we would fail because of the hurdles government, especially the current administration, places in front of small business owners,” he writes. Obama-style government, he adds, is “driving over-regulation, over-taxation, over-litigation, and over-spending” and thus “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.’ We saw it first hand.” Donald Trump, he says, is the only man who can “make America great again” by cutting red tape and changing the course of the country. “As Americans, the choice is