To his chagrin, 93-year-old co-founder of Home Depot, Bernard Marcus, says nobody cares anymore about work, and he makes it clear how he feels.
“Nobody works. Nobody gives a damn. 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 celebrates Capitalism.
“Capitalism is the basis of Home Depot [and] millions of people have earned this success and had success.”
He adds: “I’m talking about manufacturers, vendors and distributors and people that work for us [who have been] able to enrich themselves by the journey of Home Depot. That’s the success. That’s why capitalism works.”
Marcus calls Joe Biden “the worst president in the history of this country” saying that “we used to have free speech here.”
Now, we don’t have it. “The woke people have taken over the world.”
A a stalwart supporter of Trump, Marcus isn’t a fan of companies lending support to political and social causes.
Marcus has pointed to his charitable work, joining The Gates Family and Warren Buffett’s Giving Pledge, which promises to donate at least half his net worth to philanthropic causes, as one way he gives back.
A former member of the White House’s reopening task force at COVID, Home Depot’s co-foundersaid he gives money both to Trump and to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential Trump opponent in 2024.
He believes that Home Depot’s success today would not be possible without the people who stood up for the business community.
Marcus told the Financial Times interview published on Thursday he is concerned about capitalism as a whole, and believes that socialism and the deteriorating work ethic are ruining the country.
In keeping with previous conservative remarks by a Home Depot co-founder, Marcus condemned the woke movement, believing people make excuses and accept handouts instead of working.
The co-founder of Home Depot talks about manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors, as well as people that are working for us [who] were able to enrich themselves through their travels as manufacturers at Home Depot.
“We would end up with 15, 16 stores,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times. “I don’t know that we could go further.”
He said: “’It’s going to be very interesting in ‘24 because I think that DeSantis will challenge him. And may the better man win.”
Home Depot, with 2,300 stores across North America, has a market capitalization of $300 billion. The construction warehouse’s annual revenue is more than $150 billion.
“I want to live to be 100 because I want to be in a position to give it away to those things that I really believe in,” he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2019.
Things are good with him.
“I’ve got all the houses I need. I live very well. My kids are taken care of. Everything I live for now is finding the right things to put my money into and that can give me a rate of return in emotion and doing good things for this world.”