For Many Big Law Trump Donors, 'Stigma' Kept Support Below the Radar

, New York Law Journal


It was no secret during the presidential race that Donald Trump trailed Hillary Clinton in financial donations from the legal industry. But many partners at the nation's largest law firms did back the president-elect—even if they opted to keep their support unusually private.

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Originally appeared in print as Big Law Trump Donors Say 'Stigma' Silenced Support in Run-Up to Presidential Election

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  • David Williams

    Wigdor and his buddy may not be "racists" or "lunatics," I don‘t know them personally, but supporting Trump because of the potential to pad their pockets demonstrates their avarice and selfishness. Nice example they‘re setting for the profession.

  • Mike O‘Horo

    I agree with Ms. Meier‘s comment below. Conspicuously missing from these interviews is any question about Trump‘s personal character. So, I guess if he‘s good for business, his repugnant behavior, willful ignorance, and childish temperament don‘t matter. Except that, keeping their support sub rosa speaks volumes.

  • Joan Meier

    So - while I would never question anyone‘s right to be Republican or right-wing, what is missing from this discussion is the fact that, even if the voters were not themselves racists or "lunatics," Trump the man, is. We have had clear evidence of his racism, misogyny, and abusiveness and willingness to bully anyone who criticizes him. This is a man who has no interest in law, in legal rights, or in democracy. He is all about HIMSELF. So, while I understand people think he is going to be good for the economy (the way Republicans are always - sometimes erroneously - assumed to be), there seems to be no understanding of the longterm, possibly permanent damage he will do to the political culture. Not the least of which is his willingness to behave like a 3d grader in insulting and abusing anyone he chooses; his willingness to make up "facts" when convenient and then take no accountability for anything he says or does; and his disgusting treatment and attitude toward women, the disabled, you name it. You don‘t have to be a racist or misogynist to vote for this man; but it is hard for me to understand how such a vote is NOT a sign of tolerance for it . As Jew I keep the fact that Hitler was elected, in 1930s Germany, and many people thought he would tone it down after he won.

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