Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus is not going to be intimidated.
The billionaire philanthropist declared that the brouhaha over his support of President Donald Trump was “sure as hell” not going to stop him from expressing his views.
“Am I in China? Argentina? Russia? That’s what it feels like to me,” the 90-year-old said in a Facebook post Wednesday, crushing his critics in a blistering rebuke after coming under the left’s fire for daring to say that he plans to support Trump’s reelection campaign.
Marcus spoke about his ongoing support of Trump in an interview recently with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, telling his hometown newspaper that the president deserved praise for his decisions on China, Iran and for creating at atmosphere for a strong jobs market.
“He’s got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things,” Marcus said. “Now, do I agree with every move that he makes? No, I don’t. But the truth is he has produced more than anybody else. He has. If we look at this country, I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago.”
The anti-Trump left exploded, launching a social media attack on Marcus and the home improvement company he helped found. Calls for a boycott of Home Depot soon followed, even though Marcus had retired from the company’s board of directors nearly two decades ago.
The irrational attacks prompted an angry response from Trump who called Marcus a “truly great, patriotic & charitable man” in a series of tweets Tuesday.
Trump calls on Americans to ‘fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!’ after unfounded boycott threats https://t.co/LwyInEjtsK
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 10, 2019
Marcus seemed to have had enough of it all and by Wednesday he took his critics down in a no-nonsense post on Facebook.
“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,” Marcus began his post.
“All that happiness blew up because I said in a newspaper interview that I have supported and will continue to support Donald Trump,” he continued. “Boom!”
Marcus went on to condemn the “vicious threats” of boycotts against Home Depot which he pointed out has donated “billions” in charities over the years and has employed thousands.
“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,” he wrote.
“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,” Marcus continued.
“Why would people want to hurt them?” he asked.
“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,” Marcus added, concluding his fiery rebuke with a warning that the left has messed with the “wrong guy.”
“It saddens me that our country has come to this, where I, as a private citizen, cannot express my feelings,” he wrote. “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.”
Marcus ended with a promise, and a reminder of strong-willed personality that got him the success he earned.
“In the next ten years,” he wrote, “God willing, I will accomplish more to save this world than my critics will do even if they had forty lifetimes.”
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