Donald Trump made far more enemies than he did friends during the 2016 Presidential election. The new president hasn’t just pissed off the general public, he has also turned many fellow billionaires against him. From Oprah Winfrey and Elon Musk to Warren Buffett and the Koch Brothers, Trump has created a lot of powerful enemies who have either ditched the GOP or at least thrown their support behind Hillary Clinton in the short term. Here are some of the very rich and powerful people who can’t stand Trump and want to watch him go down in political flames.
Mark Cuban and the $10 Billion Question
Mark Cuban, who among many other business ventures owns the Dallas Mavericks, has attacked Donald Trump where it hurts him the most — his pocketbook. Cuban has regularly questioned Donald Trump’s claims that he is worth $10 billion. Cuban has regularly pointed out that Trump seems to place his name on a lot of low-earning items such as steaks and video games. Cuban has also said in all seriousness that he is more wealthy than Donald Trump.
Jay Z and Beyoncé aren’t with Trump
Alone, these two are worth a pretty penny (Jay Z is worth $610 million). Together, they are worth a billion dollars! And since they are the rulers of the hip-hop and R&B sphere, it makes sense to include them as one. When the election was coming up, Trump and Jay both took shots at each other.
“This other guy [Trump], I don’t have any ill will…he cannot be my president,” Jay Z said on stage. “He cannot be our president. Once you divide us, you weaken us. We are stronger together.” And whenever reporters try to ask him individual questions about Trump, he refuses to answer.
Oprah Goes After Trump
Oprah Winfrey said she felt “very qualified” to be the future President of the United States based on the fact that Donald Trump was seriously being considered for the role (before his eventual election). She also told Jimmy Kimmel that she wasn’t going to stand with Donald Trump, instead, threw all of her support behind Hillary Clinton.
Trump made a statement that he would easily win if Oprah was on his ticket before he announced that Mike Pence would be his running mate. That was when Kimmel asked how she might respond if she received that offer from trump. “Donald, I’m with her,” said Oprah.
Warren Buffett and the Monkey Assertion
Warren Buffett has no love for Donald Trump and his mediocre business skills. During an interview, the Sage of Omaha said a bunch of monkeys throwing darts at the stock pages in 1995 could have made out like bandits instead of listening to Mr. Trump’s “siren song” and then investing in his company that lost money year over year until its eventual bankruptcy.
“Now I’ve got news for him, I’m under audit too. And I would be delighted to meet him any place,” Buffet said. “I’ll bring my tax return, he can bring his tax return. Nobody’s going to arrest us. And just let people ask us questions about the times that are on there. You’re only afraid if you’ve got something to be afraid about.”
Steven Spielberg Hoped for a Happy Ending
Steven Spielberg has an incredible resume. His films have delighted viewers for generations now and he also ties in social commentary with his films when he sees fit. It is only natural that he had some remarks about Donald Trump.
“America is a rational country … and right now it’s going through what Paddy Chayefsky predicted in his screenplay ‘Network,’ when everybody went to the window to shout: ‘I’m mad as [expletive] and I’m not going to take it anymore,’ ” Spielberg told Sky News. He had high hopes prior to the election as well. “I think there’s going to be a happy ending in November,” he said. He’s a great director but not that great at predicting.
Even the Koch Brothers Hate Him
Charles and David Koch are worth a combined $100 billion and they are huge supporters of the Republican Party. Despite their deep roots in the GOP, they told their billionaire friends and supporters to avoid Donald Trump at all costs. They have said Trump has no grasp on “crime in America” and is “out of touch” with real statistics.”I see two people that as of this point we’re not supporting,” he said. “Are you going to put a gun to my head? If I had to vote for cancer or heart attack why would I vote for either?”
When responding to Trump’s proposed “Muslim Ban,” Chales Koch didn’t mince words. He told ABC’s “This Week” he was horrified by the thought that Muslim’s in the US might be forced to register with the government, stating “That’s reminiscent of Nazi Germany. I mean, that’s monstrous as I said at the time.”
Bill Gates Attacks Donald Trumps’ Philanthropy
Bill Gates isn’t the type of person to publicly attack his opponents. However, he did thinly veil an attack against Donald Trump. When asked if Trump was willing to sign his “giving pledge” he stated, “Donald hasn’t been known for his philanthropy. He’s been known for other things.”
Now whether or not we are supposed to take that as a spiteful statement is up to you but we are. It makes you wonder what those “other things” are and it just comes off as negative. We know Gates is smart so he most likely wouldn’t take a direct shot at Trump but this is fine enough.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Veiled Attack of Donald Trump
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized Donald Trump’s immigration policies during Facebook’s F78 developer conference in April 2016. “I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community,” he said. “I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others,” he added.
Zuckerberg referenced Trump’s position, saying, “I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community,” he said. “I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others.”
Elon Musk Wants Anyone but Trump
Elon Musk runs two of the most successful tech companies in America: SpaceX and Tesla. He hasn’t taken a hard-edge approach against Donald Trump’s policies but did once say, in no uncertain terms, “I don’t really have strong feelings except that hopefully, Trump doesn’t get the nomination of the Republican Party.”
That is a hope that everyone on this list had hoped. Sadly, for them, that hope did not come to fruition and now they all must face what they hate every day for the next four years unless an impeachment happens. The silver lining is that is a possibility and people most likely go to bed with their fingers crossed.
Richard Branson and the “Disaster”
Donald Trump would be a “disaster” as President, according to Virgin founder Richard Branson. Going one step further, he said a true entrepreneur in office would be great for America — but not Donald Trump. Branson said the US election will have “major implications” on the rest of the world and that Trump wasn’t going to provide positive implications.
“If he gets into the White House, I’m sure I’ll be one of the many people on his list that he’ll be out to destroy,” said Branson. “The unpredictability of the person I think would unsettle the markets,” he said.
Tim Cook Denied the GOP Money Because of Trump
Apple decided not to donate money to the GOP convention after Donald Trump made vitriolic remarks against immigrants, minorities, and women. Trump also called for a boycott of Apple after stating that the company should only manufacture its products in the United States – something Donald Trump doesn’t do with his own various product lines.
In 2016, Cook met with Trump as well as other technology powerhouses and the public took that as a sign that Cook was on Trump’s side. Cook swiftly defended his meeting by saying, “You don’t change things by just yelling. You change things by showing everyone why your way is the best.”
Meg Whitman and the Demagogue
HP CEO Meg Whitman had no qualms about showing her support for Hillary Clinton and her hatred of Donald Trump. She called him a “demagogue” and said she was working to make sure that all of her friends and supporters vote for Hillary Clinton. Whitman said she was personally donating to Clinton and raising money on her behalf, despite running for Governor of California as a Republican in 2011.
“Donald Trump’s demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character,” she wrote. “Trump’s reckless and uninformed positions on critical issues — from immigration to our economy to foreign policy — have made it abundantly clear that he lacks both the policy depth and sound judgment required as President.”
Michael Bloomberg Bashes Donald Trump
When talking about Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg didn’t mince words, telling his supporters, “We New Yorkers know a con when we see one.” He proceeded to proclaim, “The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.” He also called Trump a “dangerous demagogue,” a popular term used by many billionaires who refuse to align with Donald Trump’s political campaign.
He didn’t stop there as he said, “Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s running his business? God help us.” It appears that Bloomberg has the most disdain of Trump compared to everyone else on this list. Or does he?
George Soros is likely the most famous Democratic donor of the past several decades and he promised to keep Trump out of office by donating $9 million to pro-Clinton SuperPACs this campaign season. Soros has repeatedly claimed that Donald Trump is dangerous for America — aligning himself with the views of many Democratic and Republican billionaire counterparts.
He even went as far as to say Trump was “doing the work of ISIS” when he instills fear into people. We wouldn’t want our worst enemy to be compared to ISIS but it looks like Trump is Soros’ worst enemy.
Marc Benioff and the Progressive Agenda
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has made a point of threatening to boycott states that offer homophobic and derogatory comments. He has fully endorsed Hillary Clinton even though he almost never aligns himself with a political party. It’s not a rousing endorsement but the fact that he is associating with any political party says a lot about his attitude towards Donald Trump.
Other CEOs would email him and ask how to deal with Trump he would say, “if you want to defeat Donald Trump and you’re that upset about him, then you should support Hillary Clinton, which is what I’m doing.”
Klarman is a guy who normally donates to anyone who has the word “Republican” in front of their name. During this election cycle, he gave money to Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush. However, once Donald Trump was chosen as the potential US President he called Trump “unacceptable” and threw his support behind Clinton.
He also has some highly researched reasoning behind his distrust of Trump. “President Trump may be able to temporarily hold off the sweep of automation and globalization by cajoling companies to keep jobs at home, but bolstering inefficient and uncompetitive enterprises is likely to only temporarily stave off market forces,” he said.
Alice Walton Ditches Her Conservative Beliefs
The Walton family (Walmart) is typically very conservative but Alice Walton broke ranks from her family when she donated $350,000 to a pro-Clinton group. Walton is among a large list of rich donors who believe Donald Trump’s business practices will put a nail in America’s coffin during his first, and likely only, term.
In the past, however, Clinton has often returned donations she has received from the Walton family because the donations have been seen as controversial. There has been plenty of drama following Clinton and the Walmart company but Alice Walton chose Clinton regardless. That is how much she didn’t want trump to win.
Haim Saban Sends His Power Rangers on the Offensive Against Donald Trump
There’s no surprise here. Saban, the creator of popular children’s TV shows, including Power Rangers, is a big supporter of the state of Israel. Donald Trump has campaigned as an isolationist who believes the United States should pull its support for other countries in favor of a US-only approach to diplomacy and commerce.
“Don’t believe a single word this man says,” said Saban. “He is a conman, a liar, a cheat, a thief and he’s cynical. Everyone he does is to serve Trump alone.” Those are all words that can cut deep even for Trump. However, Trump probably does not give two cents about the comments.
J.B. Pritzker Would Do Whatever It Takes To Defeat Donald Trump
Pritzker is a venture capitalist who has promised he would spend “whatever it takes” to make sure Donald J. Trump is defeated by Hillary Clinton. He increased his campaign spending to ensure that Hillary Clinton would defeat Bernie Sanders in the general election, believing she was the best possible candidate to defeat Trump in the U.S. primaries.
Pritzker wanted so desperately for Clinton to win. “So, it is extremely important to see Hillary win, not just because I think she is the best candidate, but because the stakes are so high,” he said. We shall see how high the stakes are now.
Jeff Bezos Wants To Launch Trump into Space… Permanently
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos spoke out against Donald Trump in December 2015. In a tweet sent to his followers he wrote, “Finally trashed by @realDonaldTrump. Will still reserve him a seat on the Blue Origin rocket. #sendDonaldtospace.”
Maybe getting him away from America by launching him into space isn’t such a crazy idea. And it might be the only idea that would work at effectively stopping the all powerful Trump in his tracks. Because even if wasn’t president and still on Earth, he would still be making crazy statements. Space, get ready for the Donald.
Paul Singer and the Donald Trump Doom Theory
Paul Singer, the founder of the hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., believes that Donald Trump’s anti-trade policies could destroy the worldwide economy. “I think if he actually stuck to those policies and gets elected president, it’s close to a guarantee of a global depression,” Singer said. His sentiment is shared by many of Wall Street’s elite, many whom refuse to loan money to Trump-owned and managed companies.
They had better stick to their guns now that Trump is in office if they all think that a global depression is on the horizon. The best cases scenario for Singer is if things stay stagnant.