As was revealed in an interview published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution over the weekend, Bernie Marcus, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, wasn’t shy about praising Donald Trump. He went as far as to say that he thinks Trump has “a businessman’s common sense approach to most things.”
Even worse, he went as far as to confirm that he’s planning to give Trump donations for his 2020 campaign. “Now, do I agree with every move that he makes? No, I don’t,” the 90-year-old Marcus said. “But the truth is he has produced more than anybody else. He has… 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.”
People are calling for a boycott of Home Depot. This isn’t the first time people have rallied to boycott the home improvement store because of how much Marcus loves the sitting president. In fact, in 2016, news broke that Marcus had donated $7 million to Trump’s campaign. He even wrote an essay about why he was standing with Trump.
Even pre-Trump, Marcus, who retired from Home Depot in 2002, donated millions to the Republican Party. So none of this is too surprising, but still, people on Twitter are not pleased:
— Joshua Chenault (@joshuachenault1) July 9, 2019
The same people who threw a fit over @Nike and what they stand for & the people who supported them; acting like they didn’t burn their damn socks are now angry that #BoycottHomeDepot is trending and ppl ain’t gonna buy hammers i – pic.twitter.com/FrjyWuEhq7
— szandi (@SzandraGrey) July 9, 2019
Happy to report this is my last @homedepot purchase, bought online before the story came out that Billionaire Home Depot cofounder Bernie Marcus is giving substantial money to #fatnixon. Nope.#BoycottHomeDepot pic.twitter.com/50gPR6FnjX
— bisquiat 🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@bisquiat) July 3, 2019
#BoycottHomeDepot As long as HD supports tRump, they will not get one penny of my hard earned money. Not supporting liars, cheats, and misogynistic behavior (at best) is how women will vote in 2020 and with our money now.
— Mary Jacobs (@molokai14) July 2, 2019
— Kimberly Nicole (@KimsHeroComplex) July 1, 2019
— Stacey Desroches 🌈 (@StaceyDesro) July 1, 2019
Home Depot issued a statement explaining its stance. “Bernie retired from The Home Depot more than 15 years ago and isn’t speaking on behalf of the company,” the chain’s spokesperson Margaret Smith told The Hill. “In fact, as a standard practice, the company does not endorse Presidential candidates.”