Politics & Government

Republican financier Art Pope says he won’t support Donald Trump


Art Pope, a North Carolina businessman and major financial backer of Republican candidates, said Thursday he won’t support Donald Trump for president.

“I am not supporting liberal Hillary Clinton or socialist Bernie Sanders or populist Donald Trump for president,” Pope told the Observer. “Because all three of those look at big government as the solution to society’s problems.”

“What we need are alternatives that empower people, not empower the government.”

Pope said Trump’s trade policies, including steep tariffs on Chinese and Mexican imports, would result in higher costs for consumers.

Pope said he’s not sure who he’ll vote for.

“We’ve got six months until the election and at this point I don’t know how I’m going to vote,” he said.

Pope said he’s urging people to focus on down-ballot races.

“That’s absolutely crucial,” he said.