President Trump’s supporters have been victimized and vilified ever since he became the Republican nominee in 2016.
In fact, many Trump voters were cautious in revealing their support because they predicted backlash, which is why nearly every national poll predicting the election results were wrong.
And it’s just more of the same with potential border wall contractors also facing blow-back now, which is bleeding into their businesses.
The Washington Times reported:
“He’s a Trump supporter living in Mexico, he runs a small company that sells LED lighting, and he wants to be part of building the new U.S. border wall. But Ted Atalla says that’s not sitting very well with his compatriots.
‘Honestly, all hell broke loose, and we have become a political object overnight,’ Mr. Atalla, a U.S. citizen, told The Washington Times. ‘We have had nonstop calls and interviews and criticism from here calling us traitors, but slowly people are commenting favorably about us here and there.’
Mr. Atalla is owner of one of more than 200 companies, stretching from Alaska to Florida, that have expressed interest in helping construct the border wall. Initial proposals for prototypes are due Tuesday.
Mr. Atalla said he was hoping for a small part as a lighting contractor, working on the Mexican side. He said he realizes he probably runs afoul of President Trump’s ‘buy American’ admonition and doubts he’ll get any work, but wanted to keep his options open.
Just registering his name has drawn unwanted attention, and Mr. Atalla said he didn’t mean to cause a political furor. Still, he says he voted for Mr. Trump in the election, campaigned for him in Mexico last year and is ‘100 percent behind our president. I believe that the border wall will be a great thing for both countries,’ he said.”
As a business owner with over 200 companies, it’s unlikely he’ll be affected by this unnecessary vilification, but it’s absurd to abuse the financial livelihood of employees because of the political affiliations of the employer.
This is currently happening with Uber and Under Armour, whose CEO’s have been under fire for praising Trump as an asset. Under Armour’s stock dropped significantly, and liberals everywhere began boycotting Uber, which has caused their drivers to suffer.
It’s a pigheaded notion to destroy employees’ livelihoods because of the vocal ideology of their boss.
The Washington Times continued:
“Most of those that have registered as interested vendors are small or medium-size businesses, including several that specialize in building fences.
The Long Fence Company, a staple of the Washington metropolitan region, is one of those. The company didn’t respond to an email seeking comment. That wasn’t unusual; a number of the companies that The Times tried to contact about their wall bids didn’t answer.
One company that did respond promised an interview, then canceled, saying it feared political blowback at its West Coast location.
‘We are a very small company with less than 40 employees, and are not taking any sides related to the issues of the wall,’ a company employee said. ‘We just have a product to sell, and if the wall is to be built, we have a partial solution. Besides, it is our view that it is better for any U.S. company to get the work than products coming from China.’
Berkeley and Oakland, two cities in California, have already adopted rules saying that any company that helps build the border wall won’t be allowed to do business with their cities. Other jurisdictions are pondering similar boycotts.
‘Time to move beyond symbolic protest to protect our deepest values,’ tweeted San Francisco Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who has introduced similar legislation for her county.
She said she’s earned both fierce feedback and outspoken support for her stance.
Wall opponents have also vowed strict scrutiny of the construction.”
The line should be drawn when economics are compromised, but unfortunately this noble idea is lost nowadays.