#BoycottPublix was trending on Twitter much of Monday after it was revealed that a founding family member donated $300,000 to the Donald Trump rally that became the deadly Capitol riot.
Publix was founded by the prestigious Jenkins family in Florida in the 1930s and has around 225,000 employees to date. The family is now worth $8.8bn, according to Forbes. While they have built a company based on strong customer service and family-friendliness, they have constantly donated to many Republican causes. Publix heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli, daughter of the late company founder George Jenkins, donated $2 million to the Republican National Committee and Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
In a brief statement on January 30th, Publix attempted to distance themselves from Fancelli, though the damage was already done.
Now, social media calls for the popular grocery chain to be canceled for its role in the deadly Capitol riot that resulted in five deaths, including a Capitol police officer.
After a member of Publix’s founding family donated $300,000 to Trump's rally that preceded the deadly Capitol attack and family member Julie Jenkins Fancelli gave $2 million to the RNC and Trump campaign overall, many customers are leaving. #BOYCOTTPUBLIX https://t.co/5P3cet3ym7
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 15, 2021
Me, in Colorado, scrolling through the #boycottpublix that’s currently trending pic.twitter.com/1tmiDKDsTe
— Katie Redman (@thekatieredman) February 15, 2021
Damn I need milk and eggs while the twitter mob is screaming #BOYCOTTPUBLIX…so undoubtedly the line will be twice as long there now. Thanks for nothing out-of-state political activists. pic.twitter.com/E3FDmgeG3m
— PhotographicFloridian (@JackLinFLL) February 15, 2021
#BOYCOTTPUBLIX In Florida there are lots of options. We have Trader Joe’s, whole foods,the fresh markets – Winn Dixie, Aldi and greenwise
— Diane Lees🆘🆘🆘 (@dtheavenger) February 15, 2021
Becauae one heiress gave some of her money to something, which is totally out if thr companies control everyonr wants to #BOYCOTTPUBLIX. You're all idiots. And, by the way, Publix is an EMPLOYEE OWNED company so guess who you're really hurting during a pandemic
— Think Outside Your Tribe 🌺🗽 (@DenifLewesa) February 15, 2021
Apparently #BOYCOTTPUBLIX is trending… just inspired me to go get a chicken tender sub today pic.twitter.com/VSshgQ2rUQ
— Coach Jamison Lee (@MRJLEE) February 15, 2021