Furious Home Depot shoppers say they're boycotting the store and cutting up their cards after one of the home-improvement retailer's founders said he'd donate some of his fortune to Trump's re-election campaign
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- Home Depot's cofounder Bernie Marcus plans to donate to US President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election bid.
- Social media users started up the hashtag #boycotthomedepot after Marcus commented on Trump in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
- The Home Depot cofounder donated $7 million to Trump during the 2016 election, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
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Home Depot cofounder Bernie Marcus is an avowed supporter of US President Donald Trump, and for some shoppers of the home-improvement store, it's the proverbial nail in the coffin.
The billionaire sparked an online controversy when he recently told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he plans to donate to the president's 2020 reelection bid. Marcus said that, while he doesn't "agree with every move that he makes," Trump has still "produced more than anybody else... 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."
Marcus retired from Home Depot back in 2002, and the company did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. The businessman, who Forbes reports is worth $5.9 billion, is no stranger to the realm of politics.
He's become an increasingly outspoken conservative figure, appearing once on Fox News to claim that Democratic politicians "don't have any brains" for failing to support Trump's tax plan.
And when it comes to conservative causes, Marcus isn't all talk. For years, the billionaire, along with early Home Depot backer Ken Langone, have functioned as mega donors for the Republican party.
But, nonetheless, the billionaire's latest comments appear to have prompted calls for a boycott on Twitter.
Posting under the #boycotthomedepot hashtag, individuals have criticized Marcus' hefty donations to Trump, expressed their intentions of cutting up their Home Depot cards, and thrown in their lot with competitors like Lowe's and Menards.
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#HomeDepot founder Bernie Marcus was one of #Trump's largest donors in 2016, giving $7 million to Trump's campaign through outside groups. He plans to financially support the president in the 2020 election #BoycottHomeDepot https://t.co/rgjeSaSjsU- Andy Behrman (@electroboyusa) July 7, 2019
This guy?! Thanks for inspiring me to shop anywhere else for home improvement stuff! I cringe, thinking how I unwittingly helped the #WorstPresidentEver over the past few years. #BoycottHomeDepot #TrumpHasKidsInCages #ImpeachmentInquiry https://t.co/iFHYXG2m7J- Lisa Flynn Scroggins (@LisaFS_CPA) July 6, 2019
Told my bud about @HomeDepot & #BernieMarcus. He's a tech-director/scenic-designer/set-designer/builder/prop-maker/fabricator/et al... buys a LOT of supplies, as you might imagine... and was an extremely loyal Home Depot shopper, until now. "Menard's it is!" #BoycottHomeDepot- MadamSarcastra (@MadamSarcastra) July 1, 2019
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