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.
Many on Twitter appeared to disagree.
“Well, @HomeDepot won’t be getting any of my home renovation dollars in the future. All of our appliances are getting into replacement age and kitchen and bathroom renos are in the plans” went one tweet.
“Time to NEVER SHOP at Home Depot,” tweeted another.
One Twitter user tied her boycott call to the Trump administration’s immigration policies and separation of families at the southern border.
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.