Home Depot (HD) is under fire again with social media users calling for a boycott of the home improvement retailer after its co-founder said he was going to support President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
The backlash came after an opinion article appeared on Fox News from Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus explaining why he was supporting President Trump for a second term.
In the article, Marcus said, “President Trump has stared down COVID-19, the biggest threat this country has faced in at least a generation. If re-elected, he will quickly end this COVID nightmare and restart the American dream. Just look at Thursday’s record 33.1 percent GDP growth for the latest proof.
“Trump deserves a second term not despite his COVID-19 response, but because of it. While Democrats try to blame Trump for the roughly 220,000 disease victims, far more would have perished if Joe Biden were in office.”
Marcus went on to explain why other Americans should also vote for Trump, concluding the article by saying, “That Trump has held his Republican caucus and base, despite this unprecedented climate, is a testament to his leadership, charisma, and policy agenda. He is truly Ronald Reagan’s heir. He deserves four more years.”
Following the article, calls for a boycott of Home Depot began circulating on Twitter, with users telling Americans to instead shop at Lowe’s. The hashtag #boycotthomedepot began making its way around the social media site as users criticized Marcus for his Trump support.
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.
— Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) October 30, 2020
One Twitter user suggested shopping at local hardware stores instead of Home Depot.
Home Depot’s co-founder Bernie Marcus says that the traitor hiding in our White House deserves a 2nd term to destroy our country further.
Shop at your local hardware stores. #BoycottHomeDepot
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 31, 2020
Another Twitter user said they already go to its competitor, Lowe’s.
I already have. I go to Lowe’s now! #BoycottHomeDepot https://t.co/sjkpXsg6Vz
— Susan (@IamOma3) October 30, 2020
Yet another Twitter user said they would go to Lowe’s as well, even though it was a longer drive for them.
I'll be going to Lowe's from now on despite the longer drive. https://t.co/e6Ev6yTDwm
— Buzzard _ *STAY THE FUCK HOME* #BLM (@NobodyInCO) October 30, 2020
But not all Twitter users though Home Depot should be boycotted for the co-founder’s remarks. One user of the social media site said, “half the people saying #boycotthomedepot don’t even know how to work a set of tools.”
half the people saying #boycotthomedepot don’t even know how to work a set of tools __
— im 6’3 (@LightskinG1k) October 30, 2020
Another supporter said, “ #BoycottHomeDepot more like #SupportHomeDepot!! United we stand divided we fall! God bless America and may God bless @realDonaldTrump.”
— Kaitlyn Duncan (@jackwillsqueen) October 31, 2020
While another Twitter user said, they would do all their shopping at Home Depot from now on.
— Consulted @FICO-I Coach People w/poor FICO™ Scores (@DebtAssassin1) October 31, 2020
Marcus, who has a net worth of $4.73 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, has been outspoken about his support of Trump. He donated $7 million to Trump’s campaign in 2016, which sparked another boycott of Home Depot, Business Insider reported.
A Home Depot spokesperson responded to the boycott by saying, “Bernie retired from The Home Depot about 20 years ago and does not speak on behalf of the company. The Home Depot does not give money to presidential campaigns or endorse presidential candidates.”
Shares of Home Depot were trading at $269.93 as of 1:41 EST, up $3.22 or 1.21%.