The #BoycottHomeDepot hashtag trended on Twitter as a virtual battle erupted over the news that the company’s co-founder Bernie Marcus plans to support President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
In an interview that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published at the weekend, the 90-year-old billionaire praised Trump for having “a businessman’s common sense approach to most things.”
“Now, do I agree with every move that he makes? No, I don’t,” said Marcus, who retired from his role as chairman at the home improvement supplies store in 2002. “But the truth is he has produced more than anybody else. He has,” Marcus added. “If we look at this country, I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago.”
Marcus reportedly donated $7 million to Trump’s 2016 campaign, when he also penned an essay for RealClearPolitics explaining why he stood “ready to help” the then-reality television personality “at every turn.”
That also sparked calls for a boycott.
Marcus has donated $2 billion to philanthropic causes during his lifetime, reported the AJC, and on his death some 80% to 90% of his estimated $5.9 billion fortune will be used for similar ends.
His backing of Trump has divided people on Twitter over the last week, where some people have demanded a boycott of the store and others have sprung to its defense.
A Home Depot representative told MarketWatch on Monday that Marcus “isn’t speaking on behalf of the company.”
Will never ever shop at Home Depot. https://t.co/9MyH9JEoA6
— Steve Gaines (@SteveGaines62) June 30, 2019
If you plan on buying a hammer, wood, or ANY home improvement items from Home Depot, you may as well send donations DIRECTLY to trump's 2020 campaign.
No more, @HomeDepot.#BoycottHomeDepot
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 9, 2019
— Stacey Desroches 🌈 (@StaceyDesro) July 1, 2019
Who needs Home Depot when there’s usually a Lowe’s right across the street.
— Kassandra Seven (@KassandraSeven) July 8, 2019
— Kim L (@kimleonard) July 1, 2019
— Cam Connyers (@CConnyers) July 8, 2019
— LeeAnn Kendall (@leeannkendall) July 1, 2019
— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) July 9, 2019
I was #BoycottHomeDepot long before it became a thing today.
Mainly because Lowe’s is just down the street, but now I’m feeling all early trendsetter.
— Lisa Abeyta (@LisaAbeyta) July 9, 2019
— kristen johnston (@thekjohnston) July 9, 2019
— Reggie Watkins (@ReggieWatkinsJr) July 9, 2019
Of course a billionaire is going to support Trump. Trump only looks out for other wealthy people as he cons/fleeces the nation. Yet #BoycottHomeDepot? Plenty of good people work there. And the 90yo Marcus retired in 2002. The boycott doesn’t hurt him. https://t.co/UPKJs7AVTN
— Aaron Sagers (@aaronsagers) July 9, 2019
If you want to #BoycottHomeDepot knock yourself out, but if you are planning on boycotting every big business with a CEO who donates to Republicans you're going to have to start making a lot of your own stuff.
— Ken Bone (@kenbone18) July 9, 2019
Like the people virtue signaling with #BoycottHomeDepot would have ever gone there to begin with... 🙄
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 9, 2019
Liberal boycotts are a joke, just like liberals. The best thing for your business is a liberal boycott. Your sales will explode after lunatic libs announce their “boycott.” Just ask Chick-fil-A https://t.co/OtYXqozGUa
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) July 9, 2019
I love how liberals are trying to boycott a store we all know they never go to. 😂
The only liberals who shop at hardware stores are members of Antifa.#BoycottHomeDepot
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) July 8, 2019
Who are y’all fooling?
You really think we think y’all #BoycottHomeDepot people have ever stepped foot in a Home Depot before?
Much less any home improvement store?
— Antonia Okafor (@antonia_okafor) July 9, 2019
The Left wants to #BoycottHomeDepot, but supports:
Nike for banning a shoe with the American flag
Starbucks for supporting leftist causes
Disney for refusing to film in Georgia
Netflix ads attacking white people
Why should the Left tell you what you can or can't support?
— PragerU (@prageru) July 9, 2019
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