Hobby Lobby endorsement

Hobby Lobby Founder Endorses Marco Rubio, Has Harsh Words For Donald Trump

The founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, the Christian-based craft store, is endorsing Republican candidate for president.

On Sunday, Hobby Lobby Founder and CEO David Green endorsed Marco Rubio for president, saying Rubio has “impressed us with his preparation and the way he carries himself,” Politico reports.

In the same speech, Green blasted Donald Trump for being unqualified to run the United States as president. Green said: “Our family business that we began with $600, has quite possibly been more successful than Mr. Trump’s, but that doesn’t make either of us qualified to be president.”

David said Donald Trump “scares him to death,” and he wants the president to be someone “my kids, my grandkids and my great-grandkids can emulate,” like Marco Rubio. Rubio, Green said, “regularly exhibits humility and gives the glory to God,” which is something he said Trump never does.

Hobby Lobby is headquartered in Oklahoma City, and David said the state’s voters head to the polls as part of Super Tuesday voting this week. He is hoping they will yield his endorsement and vote for the appropriate candidate.

“I will be voting for Marco Rubio on Tuesday and I encourage my fellow Oklahomans to do the same,” he said.

Read David Green’s full endorsement below:

“Our family business that we began with $600 has quite possibly been more successful than Mr. Trump’s, but that doesn’t make either of us qualified to be president. And unlike Mr. Trump, we give all the credit to God. Marco Rubio has impressed us with his preparation and the way he carries himself. But most importantly, Marco regularly exhibits humility and gives the glory to God. Humility is what brings success. I don’t see humility in Mr. Trump, and that scares me to death. I want a president that my kids, my grandkids and my great-grandkids can emulate. In Marco Rubio, I see a man who has achieved great things from humble beginnings, but gives the glory to God, where it belongs. I see a man who is prepared to be president, and someone I would be proud for my children to emulate. I will be voting for Marco Rubio on Tuesday and I encourage my fellow Oklahomans to do the same,” Green said in a statement.

Hobby Lobby was founded in 1972 and now operates over 600 arts and craft stores across the United States. The company, which is known for its high wages and Christian values, is closed on Sundays. Hobby Lobby’s website reads: “We believe that it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. God has been faithful in the past, and we trust Him for our future.”

David Green, who says his entire $5.1 billion empire belongs to God, has been described by Forbes as “the largest evangelical benefactor in the world.” Hobby Lobby gained national attention in 2014 when they took on the federal government over providing contraception to employees. The company’s founders did not want to offer their employees the Plan B, or the “morning after” pill, because they felt it was the same as abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby in the 2014 case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

Marco Rubio will be heading back to Oklahoma ahead of Super Tuesday. He will arrive at Putnam City North High School on Monday evening for the event that starts at 6 p.m.

[Photo by Sue Ogrocki/ Associated Press]

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