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Indicted pharma executive Shkreli endorses Donald Trump on Twitter

It's a match made in Twitter Heaven — or in Twitter Hell, depending on your perspective.

Martin Shkreli, the indicted, sued and widely vilified pharmaceutical bad boy, has endorsed the presidential candidacy of fellow Twitter fan Donald Trump.

Donald Trump and Martin Shkreli
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Donald Trump and Martin Shkreli

Shkreli's embrace of Trump came, naturally, on their favorite social media platform, and despite that The Donald last year called Shkreli "a spoiled brat," "nothing," and a "zero," among other choice words.

"I haven't been called by the Trump camp. I support him vs. Hillary," Shkreli tweeted to his more than 117,000 followers on Thursday, the same day Trump officially locked up the Repubilcan presidential nomination. Here's the full tweet:


Shkreli soon afterward followed that up with a Trump-worthy insult to people who don't share his ostensible affection for the Manhattan real-estate mogul and reality TV star.


But he also tweeted, in reference to Trump's campaign slogan, that he already thinks America is great:

It's not clear whether Shkreli's endorsement of Trump is genuine or just a stunt to stay in the public eye. Trump, for his part, did not respond to Shkreli on Twitter.

But a parody account about Trump did, tweeting to Shrekli, "Thank you! Together we will #MakeAmericaGreatAgain!" That prompted Shrekli to write back:

Martin Shkreli, former Chief Executive Officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals
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Martin Shkreli, former Chief Executive Officer of Turing Pharmaceuticals

Shkreli first came to widespread public attention last September, when it was revealed that the new firm he founded and ran, Turing Pharmaceuticals, hiked by more than 5,000 percent the cost of a decades-old anti-parasitic drug used to treat HIV patients, pregnant women and babies.

The massive price increase of the medication, Daraprim, and Shkreli's brazen defense of it, made him a focus of growing anger among the public and elected officials about the rising price of prescription drugs.

Trump was the first Republican presidential contender to comment on the brouhaha and he did it in a typically bombastic way.

"He looks like a spoiled brat to me," Trump said of Shkreli at the time. "He's a hedge fund guy. "I think it's disgusting what he did."

"That guy is nothing. He's zero. He's nothing. He ought to be ashamed of himself," Trump said, according to a contemperaneous story in The Hill.

Shkreli already was facing a lawsuit from his former company, Retrophin, which accused him of looting funds and other assets as part of a scheme to compensate investors in hedge funds he previously operated.

In December, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn on securities and wire fraud charges and arrested. That case closely tracks the allegations made in civil court by Retrophin. He also has been sued for alleged fraud by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.

Earlier this month, federal prosecutors, during a hearing in court, said they were considering lodging additional criminal charges against Shkreli.