Several businesses and business owners have endorsed Donald Trump. Many depend on an immigrant workforce and an immigrant customer base, which makes it even more offensive that they would publicly endorse a candidate who has repeatedly made racist, misogynistic, bigoted and divisive remarks. Following is a list of major pro-Trump businesses and business owners.
The day after the election, Matthew LeBretton, vice president of public affairs for New Balance, stated to Sara Germano, a Wall Street Journal reporter: “The Obama administration turned a deaf ear to us and frankly with President-elect Donald Trump, we feel things are going to move in the right direction.”
After the statement was blasted on social media, New Balance issued a statement published in Sole Collector:
“As the only major company that still makes athletic shoes in the United States, New Balance has a unique perspective on trade and trade policy in that we want to make more shoes in the United States, not less,” the statement reads. “New Balance publicly supported the trade positions of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump prior to election day that focused on American manufacturing job creation and we continue to support them today.”
Eric Trump visited the Yuengling Brewery in Pottsville, PA on October 24, 2016, where he was given a tour of the facility by Richard “Dick” Yuengling Jr., the fifth-generation owner of the company.
“Our guys are behind your father,” Yuengling said, according to the Reading Eagle. “We need him in there.”
Hobby Lobby CEO David Green did not endorse Trump in the primaries and even went as far as stating that Donald Trump “scares me to death” in an interview with Politico in February of 2016. However, Green penned an opinion piece in USA Today in September 2016, declaring his support for Trump.
Pete Coors, chairman of MillerCoors, hosted a fundraiser for Trump in Colorado in late June of 2016. The event was co-hosted with Mike Shanahan, former Denver Bronco’s coach. The $10,000-per-couple lunch was held at Shanahan’s home. The Denver Post reported that the invitation stated that donors could have a VIP meeting with Trump for $50,000.
Home Depot co-founders Kenneth Langone and Bernard Marcus have both endorsed Donald Trump for president. Marcus retired from his position as Chairman of the Board of Home Depot in 2002, and Langone in no longer CEO of Home Depot, but continues to have a stake in the company.
“Bernie Marcus retired from the company 14 years ago, so he is not speaking on behalf of The Home Depot. The company does not endorse Presidential candidates,” Stephen Holmes, Director of Corporate Communications at The Home Depot, told Forbes.
However, in a June 16, 2016 post explaining his support for Donald Trump, Marcus directly referenced Home Depot several times and made no effort to clarify that he was no longer associated with the company.
The case with Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, is similar. Thiel endorsed Trump in May 2016. However PayPal went public and was later sold to Ebay in 2002. It is not clear how much of a stake Thiel has in the company. Thiel has been an ardent supporter of Trump and was recently invited to be part of Trump’s transition team.
See a full list of retailers that carry Trump family products here.
***This post has been updated to reflect that Kenneth Langone, Bernie Marcus and Peter Thiel no longer own or control the businesses they founded
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