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People Encouraging Home Depot Boycott After Co-Founder Encourages Voting For Trump

by Halle Ames
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People are calling for a boycott of Home Depot after its co-founder was on Fox News on Friday, explaining why Americans should vote for Trump. 

Bernie Marcus is under fire after he recently said he would be voting for President Trump on Tuesday’s election day. Marcus is the co-founder of the home improvement store, Home Depot. On Fox News on Friday, Marcus said that other Americans should follow in his footsteps and also vote for the incumbent President. 

A spokesperson for the company has made a statement regarding Marcus’s interview. “Bernie retired from The Home Depot about 20 years ago and does not speak on behalf of the company.”

In addition, According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Marcus donated $7 million toward Trump’s campaign in 2016. This qualifies Marcus as a megadonor. The spokesperson touched on this as well, saying, “The Home Depot does not give money to presidential campaigns or endorse presidential candidates.” 

However, this doesn’t mean much to the former founder, who Forbes says is worth $7.4 billion. 

The hashtag #BoycottHomeDepot has also started trending on Twitter. Many users are saying that they are now taking their business to competitor Lowes, or to other local stores. 

In July of 2019, the backlash initially started when Marcus said he was going to donate to the President’s re-election campaign in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

Home Depot

Home Depot is the largest home improvement retailer in the United States, with a net income of $11.24 billion. They employ over 400,000 people as of 2019 and have roughly 2,300 locations. Their corporate headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, according to the Forbes 500 ranking of the largest corporation in the United States by total revenue, the home improvement giant was listed at number 23 on the list as of 2018. 

Along with Marcus, Arthur Blank, Ron Brill, and Pat Farrah started the company in 1978. 

[H/T Yahoo News]