Linda Bean, granddaughter of L.L. Beanâs founder, on Friday said anti-Trump boycotts are part of a larger planâto kill jobs.
âItâs the bullies who want to go after, basically, our jobs,â she told the FOX Business Networkâs Stuart Varney. âI believe itâs 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, Macyâs 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 PACâs individual donor limit of $5,000.
But Bean says the company shouldnât take heat for her political affiliations.
âIt 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 âno 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: âAbsolutely, I look at it as an opportunity.â
She added, âEvery 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 itâs like to be a conservative in the business world.
âYou know there are not many people who are in the upper-echelons of businessâprivate enterprise, who are Trump supporters,â said FBNâs Varney. âThat is an elite group and the elites largely are for the left. Am I right there?â
âWell itâs a strange paradox because look at whatâs happened [with] the stock market,â she replied. âThose are the guys that are probably right there. Are they saying one thing and putting their money in another place?â
âBut you are an exception,â Varney responded. âMost people in the executive suite, I think, Iâm told are for the left, not specifically [and] desperately for Donald Trump. Youâre an exception to the rule.â
âIâve always been maybe a little bit of a rebel,â answered Bean.