“I will accomplish more to save this world than my critics will do even if they had forty lifetimes.” — Bernie Marcus, Co-Founder, Home Depot
Home Depot’s 90-year old co-founder, Bernie Marcus, does not give a damn what anti-Trump critics think and, last week, he let them know it.
In late June, the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran a lengthy piece on Marcus and his philanthropy.
Although the AJC noted that the retired Marcus has given away “$2 billion to more than 300 organizations throughout the world over the course of his life,” it was this paragraph that cause the Left to go ballistic:
According to OpenSecrets.org, he was a top contributor to Donald Trump during his presidential run. And Marcus told the AJC that he plans to support the president’s re-election bid. While Trump “sucks” at communication, Marcus said, the president deserves praise for boosting U.S. jobs, confronting China on trade and taking action against Iranian and North Korean aggression.
Despite the fact that Marcus retired from Home Depot nearly two decades ago, outraged activists on the Left launched a #BoycottHomeDepot campaign on social media.
In response to the backlash, Marcus responded with a Facebook post that essentially told his critics to crawl back under their rocks.
“It saddens me that our country has come to this, where I, as a private citizen, cannot express my feelings,” Marcus stated. “It angers me and it saddens me, but it sure as hell is not going to stop me. If you thought it would, you’ve got the wrong guy.”
Here’s his post in full:
I woke up this morning thinking it was going to be another great day. I’ve been celebrating with friends, family and the community since I turned 90. I’ve told you about the gracious gift of $117 million that was collected and given in my honor to four charities that mean a lot to me. All that happiness blew up because I said in a newspaper interview that I have supported and will continue to support Donald Trump.
Negative stories… vicious threats, without cause, to boycott the company that has enabled my foundation to give billions to support autism, medical research, education, heart and neurological issues like stroke, and to help our veterans. The company that I retired from in 2002 and have not had a business relationship with in almost 20 years. A company that has employed more than a half-million people. The people who work there are affiliated with both political parties or no party at all. They are of all religions and all colors and backgrounds. Why would people want to hurt them?
All because I give my voice and some of my money to our President. Am I in China? Argentina? Russia? That’s what it feels like to me.
It saddens me that our country has come to this, where I, as a private citizen, cannot express my feelings. It angers me and it saddens me, but it sure as hell is not going to stop me. If you thought it would, you’ve got the wrong guy.
In the next ten years, God willing, I will accomplish more to save this world than my critics will do even if they had forty lifetimes.
Incidentally, as was predicted, the #BoycottHomeDepot movement appears to have failed spectacularly since not only has Home Depot’s stock not fallenactually risen since the boycott was launched.