Leftists launched a boycott of grocery store chain Publix Super Markets after a member of the company’s founding family donated to a pro-Trump “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. last month.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Julie Jenkins Fancelli, a prominent Trump donor and the heiress of the billion-dollar grocery chain, contributed nearly $300,000 to the Jan. 6 rally in D.C.
In response, hundreds of leftist activists launched an online effort to get customers to boycott the Florida-based grocery chain.
“It was the last straw,” one activist and Publix customer told The Guardian. “Insurrection at the Capitol, images of the police officer with his head being crushed, individuals dressed as Vikings on the floor of the Senate. … We’re not going to call this normal. They are a private company and it is their business how they want to contribute their money, but it’s also my right to decide where I want to spend my dollars.”
As a lifelong customer of Publix there’s no way in hell I’m going to keep making the Publix heiress rich with my money. Y’all got the exclusive COVID vaccine denying it to other chains man f this Whole Foods here I come! #BOYCOTTPUBLIX
— Neri Beats (@NeriBeats) February 15, 2021
Founding family member of Publix donated $300,000 to the Trump rally that proceeded the Jan 6th Capitol attack.
Publix donated $100,000 toward Gov DeSantis’ campaign. DeSantis then awarded Publix exclusive Covid vaccine distribution contract. https://t.co/vsfDcVMoXL
— Barb: Biden WON! 💙❤️🌼🌸🌼❤️💙 (@BBopTop) February 15, 2021
Sorry Publix, you can’t fund an insurrection that murders a police officer and expect me to still shop at your stores.
— Gary Ray Betz (@GaryRayBetz) February 15, 2021
Leftists were already upset with Publix for donating $100,000 to a political action committee connected to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
In a statement, Publix distanced itself from Fancelli, saying “Ms. Fancelli is not an employee of Publix Super Markets, and is neither involved in our business operations, nor does she represent the company in any way.
“The violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was a national tragedy. The deplorable actions that occurred that day do not represent the values, work or opinions of Publix Super Markets.”