Oakdale grocery stores offer supporters of President Donald Trump a 20% discount on non-beer purchases. The store’s Facebook page was posted this week.
“20% off Trump Supporters”, read an ad decorated with the American flag from a fresh food supermarket on the Montauk Highway. “At the cashier, state that you are a Trump supporter to get a discount. (Excluding beer).”
Alejandr Garcia, a woman who answered the store’s phone Thursday morning, told the caller, “You just go to the counter. You tell the cashier that you are a supporter of Trump, and we are you. Give a discount to. “
The sale starts Thursday and runs indefinitely, but savings are limited to $ 20 per purchase, Garcia said.
In an interview, shopkeeper Jose Colon said he knew the sale would be controversial before posting it on Facebook. He voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections, but said he voted for Trump in 2016 and is voting for Trump again this year.
“I’m a supporter of Trump. We live in a free country. We have free speech to support every candidate,” he said, “this country is a pandemic. Will help you to recover financially from. “
As for the reason beer is excluded from sale, Colon said that the tax he has to pay for alcohol is higher than other products in the store.
On Facebook, post commenters have made various reviews of discounts.
“Some things should be free to upset politics !! Grocery shopping must be one of them,” one commenter posted in her post with two-faced palm emoji. I interrupted and wrote.
But another commenter posted the three American flag emojis and one of the two hands tightly together, saying, “I can’t wait to support your business … God Bless. It means “America”.
In the 2016 presidential election, Trump won a majority of 52.5% of the votes in Suffolk County. Baraku Obama won the county in 2008 and 2012. In Nassau, where Hillary Clinton won, Trump scored 45.9%.
In July St. James’s Peatzeria screamed from Trump’s Twitter account after the owner appeared on Fox News The customer threatened to organize a boycott of the restaurant to display the Trump 2020 flag.
John F. Banzaf III, a professor at George Washington University Law School, said, “Political expression, etc.,” unlike treating customers differently based on gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or other protected foundations. Is not a protected class, so I think we can legally give discounts to Trump and Biden supporters, or anyone else they want. “
Asked at fresh food if shoppers announcing support for Trump’s Democratic opponent Joe Biden would be given a discount, Colon said, “I’ll give them a discount too,” but Third He accused him when asked about the party candidates.
There are no obvious ads from stores offering discounts to supporters of candidates other than Trump.
With Rachel Weisz