Mark Cuban Says He’ll Vote For Joe Biden Over Donald Trump

Entrepreneur Mark Cuban says that he’ll vote for Joe Biden over Donald Trump, going so far as to say that he’d back the current president vs. his likely challenger even if “he was being given last rites.”

Cuban’s comments quickly took off on social media, and he added further clarity on Tuesday, when he told Axios that he found Trump to be “a snake oil salesperson.”

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“One will tell you his snake oil will cure everything that ails you. The other will show you the details of his policies through charts, graphs and statements,” Cuban told Axios.

Via email, Cuban told Deadline that even though he supports Biden over Trump, that doesn’t mean he’ll take part in fundraisers or make campaign donations. “Never have,” he wrote.

Cuban, the former majority owner of the Dallas Mavericks, plans to leave ABC’s Shark Tank following its 16th season. He endorsed Biden in the 2020 election. He told Bloomberg on Monday, after attending a White House event on drug prices, “If they were having his last wake, and it was him versus Trump, and he was being given last rites, I would still vote for Joe Biden.” He also said that he voted for Nikki Haley in the Texas primary.

Cuban’s comments come amid media focus on Biden’s age as a major concern for voters, while the president’s backers complain that many of Trump’s extreme statements get relatively little coverage. Among other things, Trump has said that he’d encourage Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to any NATO country that has fallen behind on its defense spending.

X/Twitter owner Elon Musk mocked Cuban after his comments about Biden with a made up quote: “‘If Biden were a flesh-eating zombie with 5 seconds to live where, upon being re-elected, Earth would plunge into a 1000 years of darkness, I would still vote for him.’ — Mark Cuban.”

But Cuban responded, “While I have your attention. Wanted to say thank you! Your consultants for @tesla followed up today about using @costplusdrugs drugs to save the company money. Truly appreciate it. (And my limit is 300 years of darkness).” Cuban’s company, Cost Plus Drugs, is focused on offering consumers lower priced medications.

Cuban himself had been asked about whether he would consider running for president in 2024, but he has also told Axios last year that he never plans to run for elective office.

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