Linda Bean, granddaughter of L.L. Beanâ€™s founder, on Friday said anti-Trump boycotts are part of a larger planâ€”to kill jobs.
â€œItâ€™s the bullies who want to go after, basically, our jobs,â€ she told the FOX Business Networkâ€™s Stuart Varney. â€œI believe itâ€™s just a smokescreen because the effect of a boycott is to kill jobs â€“ boycotts and bullies kill jobs.â€
Grabyourwallet.org recently called for a boycott of L.L. Bean (and 38 other stores including Walmart, Macyâ€™s and Bloomingdales), because Bean contributed $60,000 to a political action committee supporting President-elect Donald Trump. The Federal Election Commission said the donation exceeded the PACâ€™s individual donor limit of $5,000.
But Bean says the company shouldnâ€™t take heat for her political affiliations.
â€œIt was not the company donation. It was my personal donation and the company itself stays politically neutral,â€ she said. She noted that L.L. Bean has a â€œno endorsingâ€ candidate policy.
The president elect thanked Linda for her support in a Tweet on Thursday.
Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage. People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean. @LBPerfectMaine— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
When asked if she would do it again, Bean said: â€œAbsolutely, I look at it as an opportunity.â€
She added, â€œEvery one of these setbacks gives you an opportunity to say how great America is. How great it is to be free to vote for your own candidate and set the record straight.â€
Bean also discussed what itâ€™s like to be a conservative in the business world.
â€œYou know there are not many people who are in the upper-echelons of businessâ€”private enterprise, who are Trump supporters,â€ said FBNâ€™s Varney. â€œThat is an elite group and the elites largely are for the left. Am I right there?â€
â€œWell itâ€™s a strange paradox because look at whatâ€™s happened [with] the stock market,â€ she replied. â€œThose are the guys that are probably right there. Are they saying one thing and putting their money in another place?â€
â€œBut you are an exception,â€ Varney responded. â€œMost people in the executive suite, I think, Iâ€™m told are for the left, not specifically [and] desperately for Donald Trump. Youâ€™re an exception to the rule.â€
â€œIâ€™ve always been maybe a little bit of a rebel,â€ answered Bean.