Home Depot Boycott. Some Home Depot customers have threatened to boycott the store after its co-founder, Bernie Marcus, revealed in an interview that he would register as a donor for the candidacy for the reelection of President Donald Trump.
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that appeared on June 30, the billionaire announced that he plans to give away 90% of his fortune to charity and added that he would also donate part of his money for the president’s re-election campaign.
In that interview, he acknowledged that the president’s communication “stinks” but that Trump deserves praise for confronting Iran and North Korea, working on trade with China and increasing the number of jobs in the United States.
On Monday night the hashtag #BoycottHomeDepot went viral on Twitter after Marcus said he plans to support Trump’s reelection campaign in 2020.
Social media users, including Democratic Coalition President Jon Cooper, criticized Marcus on Twitter, and many have used the #BoycottHomeDepot hashtag to say they will not shop at the store, while others have said they plan to get rid of their Home Depot credit cards or buy at Lowes, the store that competes with Home Depot.
Marcus, who retired from Home Depot in 2002, has been a loyal supporter of Trump in the past, despite not always agreeing with him.
During the 2016 elections he contributed $7 million to help elect him according to information from the Center for Responsive Politics. For the mid-term elections of 2018, Marcus donated 7.9 million to external groups, mostly political action committees such as the Senate Leadership Fund and John Bolton’s Super PAC.
The businessman and philanthropist, appears as the number 337 in the list of billionaires of Forbes where it is indicated that he has a fortune with a value of 5.9 billion dollars.
Bernie Marcus donated $250 million to the Georgia Aquarium, among a number of other charities.
Among Bernie Marcus’ most recent donations are $250 million to build the Atlanta Aquarium in Georgia, the largest facility of its kind in the country. He has given 25 million to Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy and research organization, he also founded and funded the Marcus Institute for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.
He is the president of the Marcus Foundation that has funded military veterans and companies. In 2016, he gave 25 million to a blood donation center in Israel.