- The Washington Times - Friday, July 12, 2019

Home Depot co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bernie Marcus said the liberal boycott against his former company over his support for President Trump “saddens” him but “sure as hell is not going to stop” him.

Mr. Marcus, who sold the Home Depot chain in 2002, sparked a boycott last month after he said he would be supporting Mr. Trump for reelection in 2020. The president voiced his support for the 90-year-old Mr. Marcus in a series of tweets Tuesday, calling him a “truly great, patriotic & charitable man” who is “coming under attack by the Radical Left Democrats with one of their often used weapons.”

In a Facebook post Wednesday, Mr. Marcus said it “saddens” and “angers” him that he feels like he can’t voice his opinions without being harassed.

“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 said. “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,” he wrote. “Am I in China? Argentina? Russia? That’s what it feels like to meIt 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.”

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