After the bill cut the corporate tax rate, Home Depot was among many companies that gave out one-time bonuses to their employees. Their generosity has been dismissed as a PR move by many on the left, with Representative Nancy Pelosi calling such bonuses “crumbs.” During his interview with Fox News Saturday, Marcus called out the critics, saying that type of rhetoric makes them appear elitist.
“These are things that the [Nancy] Pelosi and [Chuck] Schumer group don’t have a clue about. It’s why they lost the election, it’s as simple as that,” he said. “[Hillary] Clinton never knew about the real people out there. That’s why they lost the election, and that’s why they’re going to lose the next election for the same reason.”
Toward the end of the interview, Marcus really laid into Democrats.
“You’ve got to use your brains! Democrats, use your stupid brains. You don’t have any brains and don’t understand what happens,” he said. “This is not going to turn overnight. Corporations are not going to open 14 buildings overnight. Come on, give me a break, you’ve got to use your brains.”
Marcus’ home improvement company doled out $1,000 bonuses for employees who had worked at Home Depot for at least 20 years. Hourly employees in their first two years at the company were given $200 bonuses, while employees who had been there for 10 to 14 years were given $400.
Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schultz downplayed the bonuses saying, “I’m not sure that $1,000 — which is taxed, taxable — goes very far for almost anyone.”