Target Boycotts Are ‘Terrorism,’ MSNBC Guest Says

Target has faced considerable backlash over prominent LGBTQ Pride displays

  • An MSNBC guest claimed that boycott threats against major retailers like Target amounted to “literal economic terrorism.”
  • The guest argued, in a video clip that surfaced on Twitter on Tuesday, that such boycotts were proof that a small number of people could control what a store like Target did or did not sell simply by refusing to shop there until the appropriate changes were made.
  • The guest was identified by several news outlets as economics professor Justin Wolfers.
  • “When Target caves in to this, then it says that the moment you threaten the employees of even a very large corporation, you get to control its policies,” he said. “This is economic terrorism, literally terrorism, creating fear among the workers and forcing the corporations to sell the things you want and not sell the things you don’t.”
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