Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis has been under fire the last few days after he said he’s “horrified” by what he’s heard out of the White House following Charlottsville, and went one-step further when he said:
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 days and if they are, quite frankly, don’t shop at my business.” (The full remarks are in a video below).
Now, after being blistered by NASCAR fans and others, Lemonis, in a video, say’s he spent the last 72 hours dealing with the backlash, and has but out a lengthy tweet (since deleted) and a four-minute video attempting to clarify his position.
It says, in part: I am against hatred. I am against violence, of any kind. I’m quite frankly very said a scared living in this country where we are so aggressive with each other that it’s taken out the spirit of what this country stands for. I don’t know what else to tell everybody.
But on Twitter, he was also asked about his statement on CNBC, and answered it:
That is technically true. He says on CNBC that he’s “horrified” but what’s coming out of the White House. But the problem is, what’s coming out of the White House is coming from President Trump.
However you parse this, it’s clear that his remarks have struck a nerve. The NASCAR legend Mark Martin threatened to pull a $150,000 order with Camping World before reversing course, and fans have been vocal in their anger toward Lemonis.
Here’s the CNBC video that started it all: