Did Home Depot Sponsor 129 Miles of Trump’s U.S.-Mexico Border Wall?

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Home Depot sponsored 129 miles of U.S. President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall.


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On March 5, 2019, the Gish Gallop published an article positing that Home Depot had announced it was sponsoring 127 miles of U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border:

Home Depot Sponsors 129 Miles Of Trump’s Border Wall

Atlanta, GA — The world’s largest home improvement retailer announced today that it plans on sponsoring up to 129 miles of President Trump’s border wall. Home Depot, known for its labyrinth-like shopping experience and employees who avoid eye-contact says sponsoring sections of the wall is a “perfect government/corporate fit.”

“We are proud to participate with President Trump’s emergency declaration,” said Home Depot spokesperson Bethany Millbright. “This country has given so much to Home Depot, and this is a way we can pay it back.”

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows:

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Some readers may have confused this bit of fiction for a genuine news article because Home Depot’s co-founder, Bernie Marcus, is a Trump supporter. Social media users called for a boycott of the store in July 2019 when they learned that Marcus, who retired more than a decade ago, was supporting Trump’s 2020 reelection bid. 

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Held, Amy.   “Home Depot Responds To Calls For Boycott Over Co-Founder’s Support For Trump.”
    NPR.   10 July 2019.

Tesh, Mike.   “Home Depot Sponsors 129 Miles Of Trump’s Border Wall.”  
  Gish Gallop.   5 March 2019.