Shoppers have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms to call for a boycott of Home Depot following news that one of its founders will back Donald Trump’s bid for a second term in the White House.
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bernie Marcus said that he intends to support Trump’s re-election campaign, saying that while the president “sucks” at communication, his impact on employment and aggressive stances toward China and Iran have been positive.
He also has some critiques for the commander-in-chief, however, such as “his communication sucks.”
He donated $7 million to help elect Trump in 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
And now some enraged customers on social media say they are boycotting the home-improvement chain’s stores, which does about $108 billion in annual sales.
They claim to be cutting up their Home Depot cards, and say they plan to shop at competitors like Lowe’s and Menards under the hashtag #BoycottHomeDepot:
— LeeAnn Kendall (@leeannkendall) July 1, 2019
Will never ever shop at Home Depot. https://t.co/9MyH9JEoA6
— Steve Gaines (@SteveGaines62) June 30, 2019
— Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks) July 1, 2019
— Kim L (@kimleonard) July 1, 2019
#boycotthomedepot Sorry Home Depot. I’m voting with my dollars and I can buy from Lowe’s right down the street.
— Claire Sage (@ClaireESage) July 8, 2019
— writernthesky (@writernthesky) July 8, 2019
— COhummingbird (@COHummingbird) July 8, 2019
— Tina White (@tinawhite64) July 5, 2019
In a statement, the retailer said, “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.”
Though Marcus, 90, is no longer chairman of Home Depot’s board, he told the AJC that much of his fortune is rooted in shares of the business that he continues to own.
He is worth $5.9 billion, according to Forbes.