Home Depot shoppers say they’re boycotting the store, this is why.
The Home Depot cofounder Bernie Marcus is an avowed supporter of US President Donald Trump, and as he plans to donate to his 2020 reelection bid, his shoppers are angry.
The billionaire sparked an online backlash when he recently told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he planned to donate to the president’s 2020 reelection bid. Marcus said that while he didn’t “agree with every move” Trump had made, the president had still “produced more than anybody else.” He 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.”
For years, the billionaire, along with the early Home Depot backer Ken Langone, have functioned as mega donors for the Republican Party. Marcus donated $7 million to Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, but this time, his latest comments appear to have prompted calls on Twitter for a boycott.
Some customers claim to be cutting up their Home Depot cards, and say they plan to shop at competitors like Lowe’s and Menards under the hashtag #BoycottHomeDepot.
In response, a Home Depot representative said that Marcus retired from the company more than 15 years ago, and therefore “isn’t speaking on behalf of the company. In fact, as a standard practice, the company does not endorse presidential candidates”.
Marcus retired from Home Depot back in 2002. The businessman is worth $5.9 billion.