Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks back to his office after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Last Wednesday on Thanksgiving eve, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took to the Twitter machine to note that Whole Foods magazine had bestowed him with their “person of the year” honor:
Honored to be named @WholeFoodsMag 2019 Person of the Year. I was recognized as the most influential person in the natural products industry, specifically because of my work to legalize industrial #hemp for farmers in Kentucky and around the country. https://t.co/Nu9ZZLs1pZ pic.twitter.com/xB6PbkQe9G
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) November 27, 2019
Here’s an excerpt from a lengthy piece the magazine wrote about McConnell at their website:
“Hemp hero,” “Cannabis champion,” “climate villain”… U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been called all this and more. Odds are, you have an opinion about the Republican senator from Kentucky, and regardless of whether that opinion is positive or not, one thing is certain: Mitch McConnell has done a tremendous amount to influence the natural products industry in 2019, and what he has set in motion will continue to impact this industry for a long time to come.
Liberals almost immediately jumped on the Boycott Train, with some expressing disappointment while others outright announced that a boycott of Whole Foods was in order:
Since @WholeFoods decided to make @senatemajldr #personoftheyear, its time for me to take my money else where I can’t in good conscience shop at a place tht agree with things @senatemajldr stand for. I hope people agree n #BoycottWholeFoods
— 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤔🤔 (@kristi_luv223) November 28, 2019
I will never go to wholefoods again! #BoycottWholeFoods
— Teresa Richards (@TeresaR2461) November 28, 2019
— Tee (@Teegail01) November 27, 2019
I’m done! #BoycottWholeFoods
After Mitch McConnell Named WholeFoods Magazine's Man of the Year, Twitter Users Call for Boycott of Supermarket Company https://t.co/51PbjGQq40
— Hope Taitz (@htaitz) November 28, 2019
— Evan "Lying Dog-Faced Pony-Soldier" Siegel (@TheMathDoctor) November 28, 2019
I stopped shopping @WholeFoods about 6 months ago when they turned their store into a fulfillment center for online shoppers and today see they’ve named @senatemajldr as #personoftheyear I’m glad I was ahead of the curve on this #BoycottWholeFoods
— Bryan (@Bmwtwit) November 28, 2019
— Mel Neuhaus (@acehanna54) November 28, 2019
There were a lot more people who expressed a similar sentiment, as tweets in the #BoycottWholeFoods hashtag indicate.
There’s just one big problem though:
Whole Foods Magazine and Whole Foods Market are not affiliated. At all:
— WholeFoods Magazine (@WholeFoodsMag) November 28, 2019
Thanks for reaching out, Morgan. Whole Foods Market is not affiliated with this publication. @wholefoodsmag
— Whole Foods Market (@WholeFoods) November 30, 2019
The New York Post notes the stores debuted in 1980 and the magazine began publishing in 1984.
Numerous articles have been written since McConnell’s tweet was posted also noting the two are not affiliated, but as of today there were still a few people rushing to social media to declare their disappointment with the food store:
Sorry. You put Mitch McConnell on the cover of your magazine celebrating him. I won’t spend another dime at @WholeFoods
— Composerem (@composerem) December 2, 2019
Why did WholeFoods name Mitch McConnell it’s Man of the Year?
— LightSnowOvernight (@LtSnowOvernight) December 2, 2019
Hat tip: Twitchy
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