Former Republican President candidate and free market icon, Steve Forbes, had kind words for Donald Trump on Sunday. Forbes’ support is particularly interesting because of his free market bona fides as it undermines the claims of GOP insiders that the businessman cannot be trusted on trade. Speaking on John Catsimatidis show on AM 970 in New York, Forbes states his belief that while Hilary will get all of the union endorsements Republican frontrunner Donald Trump is likely to pull in a lot votes from union households. He explained, “Trump, even as he criticizes and throws out charges and all that kind of thing, he always ends up on an upbeat note about the USA. People want that, people want to hear that. They’re tired of all this gloom.”
Forbes also had some advice for Cruz and Rubio. He advised Senator Cruz “to get a, I think, more upbeat note. He’s got some good ideas on gold, he’s got some good ideas on taxes, but he’s got to be a little more Reagan-esque in his speeches.”
He acknowledged that Rubio is a good speaker, but also noted with some dismay that “he’s got the worst tax plan out there…Better than what we have now, but not up to par with the other Republican candidates.”
While not quite an outright endorsement the sense of the interview is that Forbes supports Trump’s insurgent campaign. Within the past few days Trump has received endorsements and support from across the ideological spectrum – from moderate GOP governors Chris Christie (R-NJ) and Paul LePage (R-ME) to conservative hero Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL). Now noted free market advocate, publisher, and former GOP Presidential candidate Steve Forbes has expressed his support. Expect more endorsements later this week.