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.
Upset over Marcus' financial plans, Democrats began venting frustrations on social media over the weekend. By Monday, "#BoycottHomeDepot" was trending on social media.
Home Depot shoppers if you're anti Trump, boycott the store and cut up your cards! Founder Bernie Marcus plans to… https://t.co/fwxl50TYn0— Richie Holland (@Richie Holland)1562627348.0
My local HomeDepot was 2nd on my list of most visited stores behind Target. Third was IKEA (still suffering flashba… https://t.co/QIziiJ1Lxd— Pam Keith (@Pam Keith)1562674052.0
Not a carpet, or a washer, or a mousetrap from Home Depot. Not a dime of my money will go directly to re-electing t… https://t.co/IlW2abhN9T— Kim L (@Kim L)1561983150.0
Some even compared shopping at Home Depot to donating to Trump's campaign.
If you plan on buying a hammer, wood, or ANY home improvement items from Home Depot, you may as well send donations… https://t.co/Zp5qMBwidD— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1562631889.0
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.
3. Both Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank have been amazing to the city of Atlanta. 4. They created hundreds of thous… https://t.co/aU0IidtCBA— Jenny Beth Martin (@Jenny Beth Martin)1562629865.0
6. Working for The Home Depot under Bernie Marcus as CEO & later w/ Arthur Blank as CEO was highlight of my pre-pol… https://t.co/ekLY7URqV2— Jenny Beth Martin (@Jenny Beth Martin)1562629866.0
10. And these #BoycottHomeDepot people are angry about $7M to help President Trump’s re-election?! Why aren’t they… https://t.co/oQc3fu9x46— Jenny Beth Martin (@Jenny Beth Martin)1562629866.0