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Upset liberals boycotting Home Depot over co-founder's Trump donations make serious miscalculation


'Home Depot shoppers if you're anti Trump, boycott the store and cut up your cards!'

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Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus revealed last month the plans for his nearly $6 billion fortune: He will give most of it away through his charitable foundation, while also contributing a significant sum to President Donald Trump's reelection efforts.

In response, opponents of the president have called for a boycott of Home Depot, with many people proudly claiming on social media they have cut all ties with the home improvement chain.

What happened?

Upset over Marcus' financial plans, Democrats began venting frustrations on social media over the weekend. By Monday, "#BoycottHomeDepot" was trending on social media.

Some even compared shopping at Home Depot to donating to Trump's campaign.

What's the miscalculation?

While upset Democrats believe a Home Depot boycott will hurt Marcus, they're wrong.

Marcus, although he co-founded Home Depot with Arthur Blank, has not served in a leadership role at Home Depot in almost two decades, when he retired as chairman of the board for Home Depot in 2002. He also served as the company's first CEO, stepping down from that position a few years earlier.

Meanwhile, Blank — who owns the Atlanta Falcons NFL team — is a well-known, longtime Democratic donor.

In the end, boycotting Home Depot — which has created hundreds of thousands of jobs and generated billions in economic revenue — is a pointless endeavor.

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