Shoppers boycott Home Depot, co-founder supports Trump

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Some shoppers have vowed to boycott Home Depot after co-founder Bernie Marcus told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in late June that he plans to support Trump in the upcoming presidential election.

“[Trump’s] got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things,” Marcus said. “…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 than we were eight years ago or six years ago.”

After Marcus’ comments and the ensuing hashtag trend #BoycottHomeDepot, a Home Depot rep addressed the boycott calls to MarketWatch, saying that Marcus does not speak on behalf of the chain since he retired from the company more than 15 years ago.

"Bernie retired from The Home Depot more than 15 years ago and isn’t speaking on behalf of the company. In fact, as a standard practice, the company does not endorse Presidential candidates,” the chain’s rep said.

In response to the boycott, Trump praised Marcus over 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 to your favorite President, me!” Trump wrote Tuesday night.

He added that “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!”

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