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Menard’s Solemnly Vows to Build No More Stores Until This Election Clears Up.

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Menard’s, a massive, billionaire family-owned home improvement chain with the most insidious jingle ever devised by Satan’s sinister chorus, is mad as heck. The company has been planning to expand to New Philadelphia, Ohio, but those plans will have to wait because, well, just read the statement for yourself, via Menard’s spokesperson Jessie O’Mara:

We are a family owned business and with the Obama Administration scaring the dickens out of all family businesses in the U.S.A at present and with no certainty if the next administration will be any better. We have decided not to risk expansion until things are more settled.

Well, this raises more questions than it answers. While it might be easy to assume that the Menard family is holding out to make sure President Obama’s dickens scaring ways aren’t carried on by another Democratic President, Gawker uncovered an interesting wrinkle: Menard’s has a minor but longstanding feud with one Donald John Trump. It seems Menard’s was named in a $50 million arbitration lawsuit filed by none other than Melania Trump back in 2013. Our future President even came at them on his social media platform of choice.

In this assessment and this assessment alone, Trump was actually not entirely wrong. Menard’s CEO John Menard has been embroiled in a PR nightmare about his treatment of unions, which may have something to do with why he’s scared dickensless by the current administration. And it makes sense that he’d be nervous about the next one too. Who isn’t?

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