One Guess Who Martin Shkreli Just Endorsed* for President

*Though it may have all been about trolling
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2016 2:42 PM CDT
Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington to appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee in February.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – Color us shocked. Infamous "pharma bro" and Internet villain Martin Shkreli appeared to endorse Donald Trump for president in a series of tweets Thursday, Reuters reports. “I support him vs. Hillary," Shkreli tweeted. He added: “All you people who don't like Trump are jealous, stupid, and poor!" That's the Shkreli we've all come to love to hate. In between jacking up the price of a drug used by HIV patients by 5,000% and getting arrested on charges he defrauded a pharmaceutical company, Shkreli has called US representatives "imbeciles," publicly threatened to beat up a high-schooler, expressed regret for not raising drug prices even higher, and paid $2 million for the only copy of a new Wu-Tang Clan album. But it appears Shkreli's endorsement may have been just another attempt to troll the public. Mission accomplished.

"Sometimes I pick the most preposterous and unlikely thing I can think of and tweet it as a joke. And then it is news," Shkreli tweeted Friday. "My opinions on politics are completely worthless. I know nothing about the field. ... I know less about politics than a first year political science major. I can't 'endorse' anyone." He also referred to his "Trump tweetstorm" as "satire." While Shkreli appeared, at least briefly, to be a big Trump fan, it doesn't seem like the feeling is mutual. Trump called Shkreli "a spoiled brat" last year. “It’s not every day a person publicly endorses someone who publicly bashed them (unless you’re a former primary presidential candidate, of course)," Reuters notes. ABC News reports Shkreli claimed in October he was a Bernie Sanders supporter and had donated to his campaign, but in another tweet Friday, Shkreli said he "was never for Sanders."

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