Here is what Bernard Marcus, founder of Home Depot, said about Democrats on January 29, 2108 during an interview with Fox News…
"Come on, give me a break, you've got to use your brains. I mean, Democrats, use your stupid brains. You have any stupid brains and don't understand what happens."
Since I am a Democrat, I will not shop at Home Depot again.
This issue first came to my attention with a MEME on line said that Home Depot doesn’t want Democrats shopping at their stores. After looking into the matter, I found that it wasn’t anyone that is currently “working” at Home Depot. I found that it was Marcus. He is a former founder of the company, former CEO and board member that retired a few years ago. He currently is worth billions of dollars as documented on Forbe’s list.
Bernard currently has plenty of influence at Home Depot. He knows people that run the company on an executive level, he knows board members, I have no doubt his advice is often sought, he owns plenty of stock in the company and is still a major influence on the policies of the company. As a former employee of Home Depot for a brief period of time, on the inside and at the employee level, he still has a major influence on the company.
I say this because when I called and talked with someone at Home Depot, they said he has left the company. The person on the phone also said that they don’t comment on anything the former CEO says. Well, he will never not be a part of Home Depot. Even after his death, his heirs will still have influence. So to say he has separate from the company is not a believable statement.
Home Depot doesn’t issue comments about what Marcus says or does because Marcus still has plenty of influence in the company.
Even if they just want to keep distant from Marcus, they could at least issue a statement on national media that says the view of Bernard Marcus doesn’t reflect the views of Home Depot.
But, they have not and tell me they will not issue a statement on Marcus’ statement, as of this writing.
Today, in response to finding out about Marcus’ comments, I visited two Home Depots in the area. In a brief meeting with the floor manager at the time I was there, I told them since I was a Democrat, I would not shop at Home Depot. After our discussion, I handed them a note card restating my position which included my contact information.
It is suggested that others take similar actions, actions that you are comfortable with. Perhaps it is like I did in a meeting with a store manager. Perhaps it is a phone call, an email or other form of communication. Home Depot and other large corporations that think we should all think the same and support their political agenda need to know that this will not be smart for them to do.
They already have too much influence in Washington, they need to be curtailed.