Home Depot's 93-year-old cofounder who said 'nobody works' anymore because of 'socialism' has donated $64 million to elect Trump and the Republican party over the years

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  • Bernie Marcus, the billionaire cofounder of Home Depot, said Thursday "nobody works" anymore.

  • Marcus said he believed if he founded Home Depot today it wouldn't be as successful.

  • Marcus donated millions to Trump in 2016 and 2020, and more to other Republicans over the years.

A billionaire cofounder of Home Depot who said "nobody works" has donated nearly $64 million to political causes over the years, including the campaigns of former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Sen. John McCain, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

In an interview with the Financial Times published Thursday, 93-year-old Bernie Marcus said "nobody works, nobody gives a damn," blaming the change on "socialism."

"'Just give it to me. Send me money. I don't want to work — I'm too lazy, I'm too fat, I'm too stupid,'" he said, adding that he thinks if he founded Home Depot today it may not have been as successful.

Home Depot today is worth $321 billion and has around 2,300 stores in North America. As for the current US unemployment rate, it's at 3.7%, the lowest in decades, despite the hiring challenges some businesses are still experiencing.

Marcus, who cofounded Home Depot in 1978, has become a mega-donor to the GOP over the years, supporting Trump's presidential campaigns in both 2016 and 2020. His public support for Trump sparked calls to boycott Home Depot, prompting the company to distance from him.

In a statement provided to Insider, a spokesperson for Home Depot said: "Our co-founder Bernie Marcus left The Home Depot more than 20 years ago, and his views do not represent the company."

But going back to at least 1978, Marcus has donated a total of  $63,801,322 to political campaigns and PACs, FEC data obtained by Insider showed.

Many of the donations went to directly supporting Republican candidates, including the presidential campaigns of Trump, McCain, Sen. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Sen. Mitt Romney, among others.

Some of Marcus's largest individual donations have gone to conservative super PACS that directly supported Trump.

In 2020, he made two separate donations of $5 million each to the Preserve America PAC, a single-candidate PAC that supports Trump.

In 2016, Marcus made two donations, one for $3 million and one for $2 million, to Rebuilding America Now, a super PAC established to support Trump's first campaign. He also gave another $2 million to Making America Number 1, a pro-Trump PAC.

Between 2015 and 2022, Marcus donated more than $15 million to the Senate Leadership Fund, a PAC dedicated to helping Republicans gain a majority in the Senate, and more than $5 million to the Congressional Leadership Fund.

Marcus has also donated extensively to House and Senate races, contributing to a long list of Republican lawmakers that includes Sens. Tom Cotton, Mike Lee, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, and Tim Scott, as well as Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Liz Cheney.

Marcus in 2022 also donated to Herschel Walker, the failed Senate candidate from Georgia, and Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who has been accused of impeding his own party's agenda.

Marcus and his wife, Billi, have also pledged to give away most of their estimated $8.9 billion fortune. In 2010, they signed The Giving Pledge, a commitment to donate most of their wealth to charitable causes.

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