Jack Welch, the 80-year-old former chief executive officer of General Electric Co., said in a recent Bloomberg TV interview that he would vote for "just about any human being against Hillary Clinton in this election."
"Anybody could beat Hillary Clinton, but we're trying not to with some of these statements," Welch told Bloomberg TV.
Welch said Trump is in danger of losing the general election against Clinton if he continues to focus on issues such as the ethnic background of a judge handling a case against one of his companies.
“I thought two weeks ago he had a better than 50-50 chance,” the 80-year-old Welch said in the Bloomberg TV interview, adding that he still plans to vote for Trump. “I think today he has less than a 50-50 chance. Get back on the real issues.”
Trump provoked a backlash from Republicans when he said that federal judge Gonzalo Curiel had an inherent conflict of interest in presiding over a case against Trump University because of his Mexican heritage.
Curiel was born in Indiana. Trump has proposed deporting undocumented immigrants and building a wall to block off the southern U.S. border that he says the Mexican government would fund.
“I wish he would speak less about things like judges in Indiana,” Welch said. “Anybody could beat Hillary Clinton, but we’re trying not to with some of these statements.”
“I’ll vote for Donald Trump, absolutely, not a question,” Welch said in the interview. “I’d vote for just about any human being against Hillary Clinton in this election.”
Welch said it’s not too late for Trump to convince skeptical Americans that he is better than Clinton. "Show the American people how he's going to create jobs, a better economy and a better life for all of them," Welch said. "Get back on the real issues,” he said.
“I am behind the Republican candidate. Any Republican candidate,” he said. “I can't have eight more years of this. I don't want eight more years of this, what we have now," Welch proclaimed.
"Nothing but slow growth, median incomes are down, health care costs are going through the roof, because of Obamacare. Regulations are exploding. We haven't had a 3% economy in this administration,” he said.
In a wide-ranging interview, Welch told Bloomberg TV:
- "The real unemployment is a hell of a lot higher."
- "We don't have a healthy economy. We have more food stamps, deficit almost doubled. This is horrible."
- "I think we have a chance at a golden economy."
- The economy is "absolutely" in danger of slipping back into recession.
- "We become habitualized to slow growth. We are up 1%, 1.5%. That never happened in a flourishing economy. We have never been there when the wind was at their back."
(Newsmax wire services and Bloomberg News contributed to this report).
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