Want to Stay in Business? Avoid President Trump
I’m forty-six years old and I’ve always been critical of my generation for not protesting or doing enough. Whether it was weapons of mass destruction to create a war or the housing collapse that created the Great Recession while Wall Street raked in billions, we did nothing other than complain on social media. But, things are different now.
Definitely the younger generation, meaning teenagers and those in their twenties, are protesting and the rest of the nation has followed. Personally, I’m glad to see it. But, with every action there’s a reaction and I continue to blame President Trump.
There’s no denying that President Trump has divided our country. A divided nation is never good, just research what history has already taught us, but that’s today’s world in the Trump era. And because of that, if you are a business owner and want to vocally express your support for the President, understand it may cost you. And before you complain, the same way you have freedom of speech and expression, so are those that are protesting against you.
Taylor Gourmet is closing all its restaurant locations in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Why? Because of President Trump.
Taylor Gourmet is close to filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after getting hit with a forty-percent drop in sales after the owner Casey Patten, met with President Trump.
Patten was invited to join a small business roundtable that was being hosted in the White House. Now, there are reports that Taylor Gourmet was trying to renegotiate leases and was looking to cut costs since they expanded quickly, but the decline after the meeting at the White House was quick and can’t be ignored.
Maybe high costs are to blame, but understand that because everything has become politicized and you can’t go anywhere these days without hearing politics discussed, especially on social media, the Trump Effect involves a certain cost in doing business with or supporting President Trump. I’m not saying it’s fair, I’m just saying it’s the reality.
Politics never fit in the realm of small business anymore than religion ever did. Do you want to buy a cup of coffee and listen to people talk about how one religion is better than the other? Do you want to drive by a neighbor’s house and see multiple religious signs and postings on the front lawn?
Freedom of speech and expression does give that person the right to do with their home or business whatever they want, but understand that freedom of speech isn’t free. There’s a price to pay, and sometimes that price means losing your business, your job, maybe even your home and life as you know it.
If you want to risk your livelihood to express yourself, trust me, now matter what side of the political aisle you stand on, I respect that immensely, but also understand there are consequences to your actions.
I don’t talk politics with clients because my legal experience has zero correlation with my political beliefs or beliefs on LGBTQ or anything else for that matter. I certainly don’t want to go in for a dental cleaning and hear my dentist talk about politics the whole time. But, it’s not like that any longer in the Trump era. Politics is everywhere 24/7 and no matter how much you try to avoid it, you can’t. If that’s not a sign of instability and chaos, then I don’t know what is.
So again, support who you want and do what you want, but understand that when people are angry, they lash out. If you voted for President Trump, you asked for this and if you continue to support Trump, then you are still asking for this. The signs were there that this was where we were heading.
The funny thing is when President Obama used the word “change” in his campaign, you all said “keep the change.” President Trump argued for change, and you embraced it. Hell, he even promised to “Make America Great Again” and you failed to see the insult in those four words. So, try this experiment. Go up to your loved one and tell them you want to make them pretty or handsome again. Let me know how that goes.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.