There have been renewed demands for a boycott of The Home Depot in the wake of news that the home-improvement retailer gave $1 million to Republicans who dispute the validity of Trump’s 2020 loss in the presidential election.
Anger and demands to boycott the home improvement store were started once word got out about the billionaire’s remarks in his latest interview. Some users on X began to the trending hashtag #BoycottHomeDepot, pledging to never shop at the retailer again.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a watchdog group, updated its list of businesses believed to have donated to the so-called “Sedition Caucus” (the GOP lawmakers or committees backing them) on Wednesday. This group refused to certify President Joe Biden’s January 6, 2021 victory.
In third place on the list was The Home Depot, behind Boeing and the influential conservative contributor Charles Koch’s Koch Industries. General Motors, Comcast, AT&T, UPS, Lockheed Martin, and United Parcel Service (UPS) are among the other significant firms on the list.
Less than 24 hours before the CREW revelation, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus—a 94-year-old who left the firm in 2022 but still has a lot of stock—vowed to contribute to Trump’s presidential campaign in 2024 regardless of his criminal record, prompting calls for boycotts.
On Tuesday, Marcus told Reuters that he believed the former president’s ninety-one criminal accusations were “all made up.” His vocal backing of Republican politicians and causes has led to several demands for boycotts over the years.
Some conservatives supported the business and sarcastically said that liberals don’t buy at hardware stores that provide tools anyway.
Earlier last year, a different boycott of Home Depot was also proposed by activists.
They began pressuring Home Depot to halt sales of invasive plants in October 2022. A petition on Change.org contains almost 70,000 signatures, claiming that 23 plants sold by Home Depot are invasive in many states.
Activists have frequently targeted Home Depot. A connection between Home Depot and the recent block against student debt relief led to increased calls for a boycott of the store.