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Hobby Lobby is facing new boycott threats over a photo of a store display urging customers to 'Vote Trump'


Hobby Lobby is once again in hot water, this time in response to a now-viral photo — said to have been taken at one of its stores — showing a display of decorative letters that spell out "USA Vote Trump."


In the tweet — which has more than 33,000 likes and more than 10,000 retweets — Brekke shared an image with the caption "In a Hobby Lobby" showing a display of decorative letters arranged to read "USA Vote Trump."


Brekke told Business Insider she did not take the photo but rather pulled it from a public post shared in a national Facebook group for the Lincoln Project, an organization started by former Republicans in 2019 dedicated to preventing President Donald Trump's reelection.


Calls to boycott the craft store were swift on Twitter, as users shared the image with captions like "I've never stepped foot in a Hobby Lobby and never will" along with the hashtag #BoycottHobbyLobby.


A high-profile Supreme Court case subsequently ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby's right to withhold reproductive benefits, determining that private companies were allowed to be exempt from the law on the basis of religious preferences.


Hobby Lobby drew additional ire this year when it illegally reopened stores in states with stay-at-home mandates calling for the closure of nonessential businesses to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.






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