Miami’s Marcus Lemonis is under fire, and he’s fighting back.
In a recent interview with CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” “The Profit” star said that consumers who “are in favor of what [Trump] said” about the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests should not do business with him.
The Camping World CEO added: “It’s scary right now.”
The host asked whether businesses should be worried about how they look dealing with the current administration.
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“There’s no doubt that there is probably not many consumers in this country today that are in favor of what has been said in the last couple of days and if they are, quite frankly don’t shop at my business. And I think the reality of it is is that there is a fear, there is a fear of association.”
Of course, Lemonis got trolled like crazy.
The part-time Wellington resident was forced to post a lengthy open letter on Facebook. He talked about being born in Lebanon and brought to Miami by his adopted parents, and then his childhood, when he was often bullied, then he apologized, sort of.
“The mistake I made in the last week was not being clear. Do I wish that there was more speed of clarity and conviction around the violence? Yes. Do I think that hate and violence has taken over everywhere. Yes? Do I think one person is to blame? No. Do I think that there are two sides to every story? Yes.
“While I stand strong on my position that violence, hate, bigotry is unacceptable from anyone regardless of what side you are on and that all of us need to be accountable, only I am accountable for my actions.”
As a man of conviction, the Christopher Columbus High School grad said he will always stay true to his beliefs.
“I DO NOT apologize to anyone who is in favor or hate, violence, bigotry or racism. And I will do my part to help eliminate it from both sides. One way I do that is by being an example. You are the reason I made this mistake. You took my common sense away and purpose. I will not let you beat me or beat me down.”
Lemonis also had a video message, clarifying: “For the record, what I said is that if you are OK with what happened in Charlottesville, what was said and what was done, I’m not OK with it.”