Here’s What ‘The Most Hated Man in America’ Thinks About Donald Trump
Martin Shkreli and Donald Trump both face an onslaught of public criticism over their controversial opinions—but that doesn’t make them comrades in arms.
Months ago, one-time hedge funder and pharmaceutical executive Shkreli was branded the “most hated man in America” after hiking the cost of his HIV drug, Daraprim, by 5,000%. The price hike brought both regulatory scrutiny and public outrage, widening the spotlight to the pharmaceutical industry at large. Shkreli was later charged with fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission and resigned as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. He was even voted Fortune’s fourth-most disappointing leader in March.
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When one Twitter user opined that Trump was using his wealth for marketing purposes, Shkreli retorted that there were wealthier real estate moguls out there, but they haven’t made public announcements about it.
That doesn’t mean Shkreli plans to vote for Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. He’s previously noted that “If someone put a gun to my head and made me vote, I would vote Trump over Hillary.” Though he also added that he would abstain from voting this year, since all the candidates are “crap.”
Notably, Trump has also called Shkreli a “spoiled brat.”
Shkreli’s psychological analysis of Trump may stem from personal experience, and why he still embraces criticism—often dismissively—even while public opinion continues to turn against him.
The one-time pharmaceutical executive bought a $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album back in December, and later said if someone wanted a listen, they would have to pay for it.
“If Taylor Swift wants to come over and s— my d— I’ll play it for her,” he said.
Shkreli isn’t the only one to call Trump—who famously said “I’m really rich” when announcing his presidential run—insecure.
“It’s a measure of his deep insecurity,” Timothy O’Brien, a former business reporter at the New York Times who wrote TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald, told the Washington Post. “His wealth and the size of his wealth . . . are integral to how he wants people to perceive him. He looks at the Forbes 400 as the pecking order, and his ego and standing are wrapped up in it. People who are comfortable with their wealth don’t need to brag about it. He’s not in that category.”