#GrabYourWallet has gotten quite a bit of publicity as the leading organizer of progressive boycotts against companies that are somehow associated with Donald Trump. The boycott effort is doomed to fail, for a couple of reasons: first, social justice warriors are a small percentage of the population; second, social justice warriors who are willing to change their shopping habits are an infinitesimal percentage of the population.
So this is mostly for laughs. Here is a screen shot that shows what #GrabYourWallet looks like. Note that the large majority of companies are to be boycotted because they carry Ivanka Trump’s clothing line. This is even more vicious and mean-spirited than the average politically-inspired boycott campaign. Click to enlarge:
The scope of the boycott effort is entertaining. Progressives aren’t supposed to shop at Amazon, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Bloomingdale’s, Bluefly, Filene’s Basement–I doubt that many liberals shop there–Gilt, Jet, Kmart, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Marshalls, Nieman Marcus, Nordstrom–where is a progressive supposed to get shoes?–Sears, T J Maxx, Walmart–no problem there!–and many more.
Then we have the category of businesses that progressives should “consider boycotting.” Like Breitbart News! You would think they would be higher on the list. But how do you boycott Breitbart.com? I would guess very few progs visit the site. Also Carnival cruise line, Forbes, Hobby Lobby, LL Bean, the Los Angeles Clippers (seriously), and–this may be the funniest of all–Kushner Properties! How, exactly, is a typical liberal living in his mother’s basement supposed to boycott Kushner Properties, which is owned by Trump’s son-in-law? Not hire them to develop his next apartment tower or retail complex, I guess.
Progressives are also told to consider boycotting companies as disparate as MillerCoors, Nascar–as if!–Trump golf courses and hotels, Uber–this will be tough on hipster progs–Universal Studios, the list goes on and on. Boycotting will need to become a full-time pursuit for liberals determined to keep up.
But we aren’t finished yet! There is a third category of “Entities *Not* Being Boycotted at This Time.” Nice business you’ve got here, shame if anything were to happen to it! Companies now living under threat include all bookstores who sell any Trump books–pretty much all book stores, in other words–Delta Airlines (don’t ask), artists and entertainers who express support for Trump–this list, fortunately, is very short–Facebook, Home Depot, PayPal, and my favorite: the Washington Post! Who knew WaPo is living under threat of destruction by the Left? Here is the explanation:
Amazon is on the #GrabYourWallet boycott list and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post, however the Post is a longstanding institution and David Fahrenthold did some of the most important investigative reporting of the election. When polled 58% of #GrabYourWallet participants said the Washington Post should not be added to the boycott list. We do encourage people to subscribe to WaPo directly versus via the Amazon site.
Politically-inspired boycotts are, in general, a nasty business. But this one is so pathetic that its only real significance is as a guide to the mean-spiritedness of liberals.