Linda Bean is one of more than 50 family members involved with L.L.Bean. She personally donated to Donald Trump's campaign. Because of that, the business is being targeted with a boycott.
Statement from L.L.Bean Executive Chairman Shawn Gorman:
We were disappointed to learn that Grab Your Wallet is advocating a boycott against L.L.Bean solely because Linda Bean, who is only one of 50+ family members involved with the business, personally supported Donald Trump for President.
L.L.Bean has been a family-owned business since it began back in 1912. L.L.Bean is a values driven company that has long been inspiring people to live life outdoors. For the last 105 years, L.L.Bean has been singularly focused on offering high-quality, satisfaction-guaranteed products and outstanding customer service in the Maine tradition. This commitment has allowed us to not only employ 5,000 hard-working people, but also donate tens of millions of dollars to non-profit organizations promoting environmental stewardship, educational attainment and a host of other worthy causes at the local, state and national levels.
Our owners, employees, and customers hold views and embrace causes that are individual and diverse. We are united by our love for the outdoors and our guiding principles established back in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean himself who believed “do unto others” was not just a saying, but a way of life. We fully acknowledge and respect that some may disagree with the political views of a single member of our 10-person board of directors. Like most large families, the more than 50 family member-owners of the business hold views and embrace causes across the political spectrum, just as our employees and customers do. And as every member of the family would agree, no individual alone speaks on behalf of the business or represents the values of the company that L.L. built.
With this in mind, we are deeply troubled by the portrayal of L.L.Bean as a supporter of any political agenda.
L.L.Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions. Simply put, we stay out of politics. To be included in this boycott campaign is simply misguided, and we respectfully request that Grab Your Wallet reverse its position.
L.L.Bean Executive Chairman
It's ridiculous to target L.L.Bean with a boycott because one person in the business made a personal donation to Trump.
The bullying by these Leftist lunatics is unbelievable.
It's likely that other family members in the business donated to Democrat candidates. In that case, the goofy boycotters should be supporting L.L.Bean.
"L.L.Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions."
Unlike Penzeys Spices, a business that has woven Leftist politics into its marketing and slams those holding opposing political views, including past, present, and potential customers, L.L.Bean remains apolitical.
No business should be targeted for boycott based on personal political contributions. It makes no sense to punish a business and all its employees. Why set out to harm all those people?
Of course, it's no surprise that the Leftists are doing this. They have lost their minds because Trump defeated Hillary.
In Wisconsin in 2011, Leftists boycotted businesses because individuals involved with those businesses had contributed to Scott Walker. They went crazy, absolutely berserk. Their failed recall effort reinforced their insanity, having to deal with yet another defeat.
When Leftists lose, they go completely nuts. They are terrible, terrible losers.
The 2016 presidential election has revealed just how many Leftists, as well as Never Trumpers, are mentally unstable. It's kind of scary. So many are in complete meltdown.
Put on your big boy pants! Get a grip! Behave like rational, responsible adults!
Bottom line: L.L.Bean is not involved in politics. Period.
The business should not be the target of a boycott campaign. Period.