After opposing Trump in primaries, Ricketts family donates $1M to support him
The family that owns the Chicago Cubs has changed their tune about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
During the primaries, the Joe and Marlene Ricketts gave $5.5 million to the anti-Trump group Our Principles PAC. Now, they are donating at least $1 million to a pro-Trump Super PAC, the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Even though the Ricketts supported other candidates during the primary, they believe it is time to unite behind the nominees,” Ricketts’ political strategist Brian Baker told the publication. “This is all about helping Republicans win in the fall.”
Back in February, Trump sent out a tweet that read, “I hear the Rickets [sic] family, who own the Chicago Cubs, are secretly spending $’s against me. They better be careful, they have a lot to hide!
Joe and Marlene Ricketts’ son Tom, who owns the team, addressed Trump’s tweet during Cubs spring training.
“It’s a little surreal when Donald Trump threatens your mom,” Ricketts said. He added that he and his family “stand up for what we believe in.”
Tom’s brother Pete, who is the governor of Nebraska, also endorsed Trump, the Wall Street Journal reports. Trump thanked him at a rally saying, “I love Pete, but I think his brother doesn’t like me as much as he does.”