Politics and Purchases: the Public vs POTUS

Politics and Purchases: the Public vs POTUS

Do you boycott businesses that support opposing views to your own?

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Social Media calls to boycott The Home Depot after news that co-founder Bernie Marcus plans to back President Donald Trump’s re-election bid in 2020. The hashtag #BoycottHomeDepot started on Twitter on June 30. In 2016, Marcus donated more than $7 million to Trump’s presidential campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Even though most of the billionaire’s fortune is from the home improvement retailer, he is no longer chairman of The Home Depot’s board.

According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marcus said Trump “sucks” at communication but should receive praise for the incline of US jobs.

Marcus also said to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “He’s got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things. …Now, do I agree with every move that he makes? No, I don’t. 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 then we were eight years ago or six years ago.”

In a statement to NPR, Margaret Smith, The Home Depot’s spokeswomen, made it clear that the company itself does not have a partisan view. She states that “In fact, as a standard practice, the company does not endorse Presidential Candidates.” She also says that Marcus retired from The Home Depot more than a decade ago.

In response to the recent boycott, President Trump took to Twitter, “A truly great, patriotic & charitable man, Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot who, at the age of 90, is coming under attack by the Radical Left Democrats with one of their often used weapons. They don’t want people to shop at those GREAT stores because he contributed…” He continued in another tweet, “….to your favorite President, me! These people are vicious and totally crazed, but remember, there are far more great people (“Deplorables”) in this country, than bad. Do to them what they do to you. Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!”

This isn’t the first time citizens have called a boycott for a company that supports or endorses Trump. On a blog post, Grab Your Wallet, there’s a list containing the businesses and reasons behind the boycott. Some examples are; ABC Supply, Amazon, Hobby Lobby, LL Bean, NASCAR and New Balance.

In the past, Trump has taken to Twitter for his supporters to shun companies that are against him. On June 3, Trump tweeted that he thinks people should stop using AT&T so CNN has to make changes. In the tweet, he brought up that he thinks CNN is Fake News. However, people choose to boycott many popular businesses based on their own beliefs, whether they be related to politics or not.

According to Forbes, Marcus estimated net worth is $5.8 Billion. He said to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he plans on giving 80 to 90% of his wealth to his foundations.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Do you boycott businesses that support opposing views to your own?

38% Y- full assault
62% N- nonpartisan shopper
38% Y- full assault
62% N- nonpartisan shopper
40% Y- full assault
60% N- nonpartisan shopper

Y- full assault

N- nonpartisan shopper

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