Florida-Based Publix Grocery Store Chain Intimidated by Teen Tyrant David Hogg’s ‘Die-ins,’ Suspends Political Contributions

Publix grocery store chain is a longtime supporter of conservative causes and has publicly announced its support of Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, who strongly backs the National Rifle Association.

However, shortly before anti-gun activist David Hogg and other anti-gun protesters staged “die-ins” in Orlando and Coral Springs, Florida on Friday, Publix announced it would suspend political donations in the wake of Hogg’s organized protest.

“At Publix, we respect the students and members of the community who have chosen to express their voices on these issues,” the grocery store said in a statement. “We regret that our contributions have led to a divide in our community. We did not intend to put our associates and the customers they serve in the middle of a political debate. At the same time, we remain committed to maintaining a welcoming shopping environment for our customers.

“We would never knowingly disappoint our customers or the communities we serve,” the statement continued. “As a result, we decided earlier this week to suspend corporate-funded political contributions as we reevaluate our giving processes.”

A Publix customer service representative spoke with Gateway Pundit’s Kristinn Taylor Friday and said that the company is only suspending contributions while it reviews the situation and that it is not rescinding any donations.

Hogg is demanding Publix donate $1 million to the Stoneman Douglass student fund.

The representative told Gateway Pundit that Publix has not yet decided whether it will provide the $1 million donation.

Publix is one of Putnam’s biggest contributors.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks funding and lobbying efforts, the grocery store donated over $118,000 to Putnam’s campaigns from 1999 to 2012. Putnam, who has served as Florida state agricultural commissioner since 2010, is running in this year’s election to replace Rick Scott as governor.

Putnam is an outspoken supporter of the NRA. He tweeted on July 25, 2017, “The liberal media recently called me a sellout to the NRA. I’m a proud #NRASellout!” He was given an A+ by the NRA in its ratings in 2010, prompting Hogg and his legion of gun control activists to protest Publix.

After the Tampa Bay Times reported Publix donated $650,000 Putnam last week, Hogg started campaigning against Putnam and Publix, calling for a for people to “die in” at the store until it rescinded its endorsement of the candidate.

Hogg’s followers laid in the aisles of Publix grocery stores for 15 minutes on Friday, blocking customers from shopping.

After Publix announced its decision to halt political donations, Hogg tweeted “Together we can do anything.”

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