Liberals have launched a boycott of Home Depot after Bernie Marcus, one of the cofounders of the popular chain, penned an oped in which he endorsed Donald Trump, going so far as to describe the president as “Ronald Reagan’s heir.”
Marcus, a 91 year-old billionaire, wrote an oped for Fox News titled “Trump deserves a second term and has my vote. Here’s why.” In the piece, he expressed hopes that the American economy is rebounding after COVID-19, citing the record-setting 33.1% GDP growth in the third quarter. Marcus also praised Operation Warp Speed, saying that Trump “reduced burdensome regulations to develop a vaccine in record time.”
“Trump’s pro-growth policies, including tax cuts and deregulation, have given entrepreneurs the opportunity and capital to hire, expand, and raise wages,” the Home Depot cofounder wrote. “This has created a roaring and resilient small business economy that can quickly bounce back from the pandemic shock.”
Not stopping there, Marcus pointed out that before the coronavirus pandemic, “the unemployment rate fell to historic lows, including record levels for Hispanic and Black workers.””In 2019, middle-class incomes grew at the record rate of 6.8 percent – almost 50 percent more than during the entire eight-year Obama-Biden administration,” he continued. “And the poverty rate fell to its lowest level in 60 years.”
Marcus went on to say that he is voting for Trump over Joe Biden because he thinks a second term for him “can improve the small business climate even further, facilitating entrepreneurship, which accelerates economic growth and provides careers to those who need them most.”
This enraged Democrats, who quickly launched the #BoycottHomeDepot campaign despite the fact that Marcus has been retired from the company since 2002.
“The co-founder of Home Depot, Bernie Marcus, thinks Trump deserves a second term,” television host and Democratic strategist Chip Franklin wrote on Twitter. “Who else is ready to boycott Home Depot? #BoycottHomeDepot”
“Would you do me a quick favor and please comment with #BoycottHomeDepot to get this trending? I want to make sure the co-founder of Home Depot, Bernie Marcus, pays for saying that Trump deserves a second term,” he added.
“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,” one person tweeted, with another even comparing Marcus to a “Nazi.”
Others, however, took to social media to say that they would make a point of shopping at Home Depot more after reading Marcus’ oped.
“Support your local Home Depot and the workers tolerant progressives will lay off during a pandemic because the founder supports @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted conservative radio host Jason Rantz.
“The betas saying they are going to #BoycottHomeDepot don’t even know how to change a light bulb let alone swing a hammer. Trust me, these are not Home Depot shoppers,” added conservative commentator Melissa Tate.
“If the morons on the left are tweeting #BoycottHomeDepot I am immediately doing all my shopping at Home Depot,” another Twitter user said. “I hope they start selling meat, fruits, and vegetables!”