Ever since Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus said that he will donate some of his multi-billion dollar fortune to President Trump’s 2020 re-election effort, leftists have been vowing to boycott his home improvement empire. In response to this insanity, President Trump publicly praised Marcus for being a “great, patriotic, and charitable man” on 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,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday night, according to Fox Business. “They don’t want people to shop at those GREAT stores because he contributed to your favorite President, me!”
“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,” he continued. “Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!”
The controversy erupted in late June when Marcus announced that he will be supporting President Trump’s re-election while also praising his “businessman’s common sense approach to most things.” He did, however, criticize the president’s communication skills by taking on every battle.
“[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.”
“I’ll tell you what he has not done well: His communication sucks,” Marcus said. “I mean he takes on every battle. He’s fighting. He does things he shouldn’t be doing. As president of the United States, I’d rather him do things that are meaningful.”
Immediately thereafter, the #BoycottHomeDepot hashtag began trending on Twitter, with people vowing to give business over to Home Depot competitor Lowes, instead. In response, a representative from the company said that Marcus formally departed Home Depot 15 years ago and does not speak on behalf of the home improvement corporate empire.
“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.
Prior to his endorsement of President Trump, Marcus previously denounced the increasing extremism in the Democratic Party, as represented by socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“Don’t bring up Bernie Sanders, because that’s a red flag in front of me,” Marcus said on Fox Business. “He is the enemy of every entrepreneur that’s ever going to be born in this country and has been born in the past.”
“This Home Depot is probably the poster child for capitalism,” he later added. “When I hear Bernie Sanders talking about ‘socialize,’ this could never happen in a socialized system; never happen.”
The 90-year-old Bernie Marcus recently pledged in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he will donate 80% – 90% of his estimated $5.9 billion fortune to charity after his death.