President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted “the radical left” for using economic boycotts as a political tactic despite his own long history of supporting such strategies.
The president was responding to recent calls for a boycott of Home Depot because of the financial support that retired co-founder Bernie Marcus has shown for him. Marcus said last month he will back Trump in the 2020 election.
“More and more the Radical Left is using Commerce to hurt their ‘Enemy.’ They put out the name of a store, brand or company, and ask their so-called followers not to do business there,” Trump wrote Tuesday night in the first of three-part tweet.
“They don’t care who gets hurt, but also don’t understand that two can play that game!“
Trump wrapped up his statement with: “Fight for Bernie Marcus and Home Depot!“
The president’s rhetoric contrasted sharply with his call last month for his supporters to boycott AT&T for political reasons.
He tweeted on June 3: “I believe that if people stoped using or subscribing to @ATT, they would be forced to make big changes at @CNN, which is dying in the ratings anyway. It is so unfair with such bad, Fake News!”
Trump has frequently shown support for conservative activists attempting to punish corporations. In recent years, he has spoken or tweeted approvingly of boycotts of the NFL and Nike because some football players have declined to stand for the national anthem before games.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our country, you will see change take place fast,” he wrote on Twitter in September 2017.
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