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First Slice 6/9/16: Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus endorses Donald Trump

He hopes that Trump, if elected, will immediately begin "undoing the damage done by President Barack Obama"

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Bernie Marcus endorsed Donald Trump for president last week. In a guest op-ed, he outlined his hope that Trump, if elected, will immediately begin "undoing the damage done by President Barack Obama." The reason for his support is mostly related to Supreme Court nominees and the need for a more business-friendly government. "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," he writes. Marcus altogether avoids Trump's more divisive terrain.

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