What does L.L. Bean even stand for?
So when news dropped that L.L. Bean's Linda Bean-granddaughter Leon Leonwood and one of 50-plus family members who is part owner-supported a Trump-friendly PAC during the election, a bit of bud nipping by the brand quickly followed. She is a board member at the company that bears her family name.
Trump, however, apparently didn't get the memo.
His tweet also has people wondering where Mr. Trump will draw the line, since encouraging people to "Buy L.L. Bean" effectively acts as an advertisement for the company.
In this edition of "What Did He Just Do?" we find ourselves taken aback by a tweet thanking L.L. Bean for a donation board member Linda Bean made to a PAC that aided Donald Trump during his campaign. Bean has always been a financial supporter of Republican causes and even ran for Congress twice, unsuccessfully. "Buy L.L. Bean".
The American heritage brand has a 100-percent satisfaction guaranteed policy, so if you're unhappy about the quality of your Blucher moccasins or rolling Adventure bag, you can return them. L.L.Bean does not endorse political candidates, take positions on political matters, or make political contributions.
"We are deeply troubled by the portrayal of L.L.Bean as a supporter of any political agenda", executive chairman Shawn Gormanposted on Facebook on January 8.
Why was Trump tweeting about L.L. Bean anyway? Bean has always been longtime political donor and twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Republican. She is also a longtime donor to Republican candidates and causes, and she even ran on the Republican ticket for Congress back in 1992.
The Associated Press reported last week that Bean's donation to a political action committee supporting Trump exceeded the Federal Election Commission limit. If you guessed "Linda Linda Bean", well, you're actually pretty close. The group has singled out dozens of companies for various reasons, mostly political.
Threatening a boycott has been used by both sides of the political spectrum. "After learning these details, there was a strong desire among #GrabYourWallet participants to see the company added to the boycott list", Coulter said in an email to Town & Country. Right-wing activists called for a boycott of Kellogg's after it stopped advertising on Breitbart News.
Grabyourwallet.org is calling for boycotts on 38 stores - including Walmart, Bloomingdale's and Macy's - that carry Trump products, are supportive of Trump, are owned by Trump or are "normalizing Trump".