Trump supporters and their businesses are facing ridicule, boycotts, and public shaming from Trump critics in an effort to embarrass campaign donors and hurt their businesses.
The call for boycotts of businesses owned by supporters of President Trump began when Congressman Joaquin Castro of Texas, the co-chairman of his brother Julian Castro’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, made a post to social media that included the names of business owners in his district who made donations to Trump’s reelection campaign this year.
“Sad to see so many San Antonians as 2019 maximum donors to Donald Trump,” Castro said via his social media account. “Their contributions are fueling a campaign of hate that labels Hispanic immigrants as ‘invaders.’”
At that time, a boycott was called against a single businessman who hosted a fundraising event for the president’s re-election bid, which has now prompted a renewed effort shaming these political contributors as well as boycotts of their businesses.
The latest issue involves a recent social media post from a Facebook page called “Ban Kenny Chesney from Pittsburgh.” The post threatened to announce a list of 100 local businesses in Pittsburgh that are owned by Trump supporters that should be boycotted. Although the page has since been deleted from the platform, the local media in the area indicated that there is now a new website that says it will post “a database of Trump supporter-owned businesses in the Pittsburgh area, as well as tips for how to get those specific businesses closed down.”
Sam DeMarco, Chairman of Allegheny County’s Republican Party thinks it is asinine.
“They want to cost people their livelihoods just because you don’t agree with them politically,” he said. “It’s not just absurd, but I believe it’s dangerous. People who they just don’t agree with, they want to take and punish. I absolutely believe this is a fascist behavior, and I totally reject it.”
Small businesses are not the only businesses being targeted by the hate-fueled boycotts, however, as large corporations have also been targeted for having owners and CEOs who support President Trump. These companies include Home Depot, Uline, Taco Bell, and Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs.
It appears the anti-Trump psychosis is a real thing for this weak Democratic Party. The president is fully prepared for his 2020 reelection efforts. He claimed victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, although her campaign funds more than doubled his. However, there is no shortage of donations to Trump’s campaign so far, and there is no reason to expect there will be in the days ahead. If Democrats hope to win over Trump in the 2020 election, they are going to need to do a lot more than wish a bad economy on the U.S. and call the president names.