If you’ve been taking trips to Home Depot for those spring cleaning projects, it might be time to start shopping at Lowe’s. In an interview with Fox News this week, Ken Langone, the co-founder of Home Depot, spoke to host Neil Cavuto, where he made some very controversial, and incredibly false, statements about Trump’s new budget plan, which includes a $200 million cut to the country’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps.
“Hell, people use food stamps to buy marijuana — that’s illegal — or cocaine, or whatever the hell else people use to get high,” Langone said. “How do we make sure that we don’t take a system that is well-intentioned that becomes badly abused?”
Of course, Cavuto offered up no evidence for his claims, and failed to explain how the 44 million Americans that participated in the federal food stamps program spent those government dollars on dope. After all, anyone who has ever been on government assistance knows that getting a hot plate of food with food stamps is damn-near impossible and we’re not aware of any drug dealers that accept EBT.
What Langone didn’t mention, was that 75% of those 44 million Americans on government assistance worked a job in the year before or after they received federal support.
Since his comments, people all over social media have been calling for a boycott of the big box retail giant that Langone helped build. Maybe if his company starts to lose some cash Langone will understand the error in his speech.
@mmfa Boycott Home Depot. I am a lost customer— Jennifer Woodard (@jennwoo52) May 24, 2017
It's Home Depot.. scum owners. Boycott https://t.co/GZZFzvoBKX— Kevin M Vaughn (@TheWhalebone) May 27, 2017
Home Depot Founder's Vile Comments About Americans On Food Stamps https://t.co/qsJCPTfoR0 Canceling all purchases from Home Depot #Boycott— Engineer Paulo (@WaterSolarWind) May 27, 2017