Patagonia Claims That They Are Leading the Resistance Against Trump
If you’re a fan of Patagonia clothing, you might want to think again about buying from them — especially since their CEO has promised to lead “the resistance” against President Donald Trump.
Rose Marcario, the head of the outdoor clothing company, became the latest figure to come out say it was time to resist the president as if this were Vichy France. Her statements came in a May interview with (of course) the Huffington Post.
Marcario was angry over Trump’s rollback of former President Barack Obama’s unusual policy of huge federal land grabs under the pretense of creating “national monuments,” according to Breitbart.
“We have to fight like hell to keep every inch of public land,” Marcario said in the liberal website’s hagiography of the CEO. “I don’t have a lot of faith in politics and politicians right now.”
Even though one questions what standing Patagonia might have, the Huffington Post article said her company was getting ready to sue the administration over Trump’s reversal of the land grab.
In an April statement, Marcario made similar statements.
“A president does not have the authority to rescind a National Monument,” she wrote. “An attempt to change the boundaries ignores the review process of cultural and historical characteristics and the public input. We’re watching the Trump administration’s actions very closely and preparing to take every step necessary, including legal action, to defend our most treasured public landscapes from coast to coast.
“I urge everyone who loves America’s public lands and supports the continued protection of National Monuments to contact their members of Congress and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to express outrage at the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back National Monument protections,” she continued. “Make sure your voice is heard by making phone calls, showing up at town hall meetings and visiting legislators’ offices in the coming days and weeks.”
Nowhere in Marcario’s screed, mind you, was any mention of the dubious application of the “national monuments” in this case, or the rather haphazard, last-minute way in which the Obama administration tried to federalize the lands. (In fact, Marcario uproariously notes such monuments are only “established after extensive public input.”)
If Patagonia wants to lead the resistance against the man America voted into office, the company clearly doesn’t want the money of the people who voted for him. We couldn’t think of a better possible target for a boycott.