It's been a busy week for Donald Trump: His Cabinet picks (opens in new tab) are going through confirmation hearings, he held his first press conference (opens in new tab) in more than 100 days, and he's been batting away serious allegations about Russian ties (opens in new tab). But he took time Thursday morning to tweet his support of clothing brand L.L. Bean.
L.L. Bean faced a backlash (opens in new tab) this week after news broke that the brand's Linda Bean, who is one of the more than 50 family members who is part-owner and who Trump tagged in his tweet, supported a Trump-friendly PAC during the election.
The brand was added to the "Consider Boycotting" list by #GrabYourWallet (opens in new tab), a spreadsheet shared over social media that tallies companies that support Trump or do business with the Trump family. But L.L. Bean immediately attempted to distance itself by posting an open letter on Facebook disavowing any kind of political agenda.
And Linda Bean went on Fox News to call the boycott "bullying."
“It’s bullying...” Linda Bean on people threatening to boycott @LLBean over her @realDonaldTrump donation pic.twitter.com/3HqMuu85AyJanuary 12, 2017
So far, the president-elect's tweets have had a major impact on business. He's sent stock prices of Toyota, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing plummeting with negative posts. We'll see what his love does for L.L. Bean (and duck boots).
Kate Storey is a contributing editor at Marie Claire and writer-at-large at Esquire magazine, where she covers culture and politics. Kate's writing has appeared in ELLE, Harper's BAZAAR, Town & Country, and Cosmopolitan, and her first book comes out in summer 2023.
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