People Are Boycotting L.L. Bean Because One Of Its Board Members Donated Money To Trump

Submitted by: bliznik 9 months ago in News & Politics


Poor L.L. Bean. All they want to do is sell down jackets to rugged, outdoorsy hipsters with a 5 o'clock shadow.

When Linda Bean (pictured), the granddaughter of the founder Leon Leonwood Bean, made a donation to Trump and it was made public, the #Grabyourwallet movement jumped on the opportunity to add another name to the "Let's boycott businesses that supported Trump" list. 

L.L. Bean refused to take the bait. The only statement the 105-year-old company made was that "we stay out of politics." Then today at 5am EST, Trump took to Twitter with this personal "thank you" to Linda...



In the back of my mind, I understand that there are numerous ethical violations going on here, but I can't stop laughing at this.
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Male 8,530
blliznik, the back of your mind is confused, there aren't "numerous ethical violations" here. In fact, there are not any in the tweet.

Trump did not ask anyone to buy from L.L. Bean.  He did not tell anyone to buy from L.L. Bean.  He (correctly) pointed out that there are a lot of people who support him, and will probably support L.L. Bean. 

There IS something extremely unethical for butthurt buttercups wanting to financially punish a company for one of its supporting a political candidate.
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Male 2,610
megrendel : "Trump did not ask anyone to buy from L.L. Bean.  He did not tell anyone to buy from L.L. Bean."

Trump: "Buy L.L. Bean"
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Male 771
jaysingrimm You just quoted Trump, makes you liberal and guilty of spreading "fake news".
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Male 8,530
jaysingrimm I stand corrected.  Didn't see that last bit.  That's what I get for multi-tasking.

Still, don't think a President Elect saying 'Buy X' is an ethical violation.  He should be supporting business.  No different than Buy American.  (note he did not say to buy L.L. Bean exclusively) 

Now,  had he said 'Don't Buy L.L. Bean', because they didn't support  him, that would be an ethical issue.
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Male 1,329
megrendel Unlike Bill Clinton who would have been Tweeting about Trojans.
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Male 8,530
scheckydamon One thing that Bill did that pissed me off is that after the Monica story came out the price of Gurkha cigars skyrocketed.
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Male 4,149
And The March of the Butthurt rolls on.
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Male 2,610
More like your next president isn't exempt from criticism. 

What I've seen is poor defence from those so accustomed to offence.
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Male 1,866
The best way to express your opinion on companies and their owners getting involved with politics is to vote with your dollars.  If people want to boycott a business, let them.

If Trump wants to support a business through social media, he can.  It would be different if he sponsored legislation.  Holding public office does not mute personal rights to free speach and association.  
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Male 704
This just goes to show you how much of a sore loser some of these jokers are.
They run around telling everyone how many rights you have TILL it goes against them, then it's string em up from the nearest tree.

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Male 3,391
Forplay2k cause only douchebags would boycott something based on political spite right? http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2016/12/13/adweek-dumpkelloggs-boycott-has-blown-a-lasting-hole-in-kelloggs-on-social-media/
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Male 1,666
rumham Make shore everyone knows that the boycott is because Kelloggs first attached Breitbarts political  policy's and pulled there advertising from them.  
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Male 3,391
Forplay2k like that boycott against kelloggs cause they no longer advertise on Brietbart or alex jones
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Male 1,329
rumham They can. They choose not to and made stupid comments about the people that read those sites.
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Male 1,666
I don't think its wrong for the President of the United States to protect an American company that has been doing business  sense 1912 especially sense that company had nothing to do with the giving of moneys to his campaign. This is one more example of the left trying to punish anyone it thinks is not part of there club. 
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Male 84
People can do what they want with their money, but surely it's not appropriate for the POTUS (elect) to be going around saying "these folks supported me, so go buy their products". No wonder the ethics folks are enraged .. and why Twitter? .. that's favoring one commercial service above others .. again, the POTUS is supposed to be above all that [unless he has a gazillion shares in the co.]
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Male 1,329
agurney Bill and Hillary said give us 600k for a 20 minute speech and we'll help you buy 25% of the US uranium companies and supplies. How that?
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Male 20,903
agurney Good point.
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Male 1,137
agurney and the worst part was, it wasn't even "these folks" that supported him.  It was just a single person.
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Male 1,137
At first I misunderstood this.  The whole we stay out of politics, yet they made a donation to Trump?  Then I realized, it was something she did privately and had nothing to do with the business.  But I guess she is the owner, so therefore people will hold the fact that she supports Trump against all the employees of the company and the families that rely on those employees paychecks to survive.  Good going people.
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Male 6,077
I don't like Trump either, but this is really stupid.
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Male 1,738
Haha  I know. This was just a silly post and made me chuckle. I was just imagining the whole scemario from L. L. Bean's persoective, and it's like a bad 80's comedy. The wrong thing said at the wrong time has crazy repercussions!
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