Shopping for food typically isn't seen as a political statement — but in 2020, all the usual rules are out the window.
One food store on Long Island is advertising a discount offered to those who support President Donald Trump. The Fresh Food Supermarket in Oakdale posted the deal on the store's Facebook page — a 20 percent discount offered for those who say they are supporting the Republican incumbent in the upcoming election.
The owner of the 2-year-old Suffolk County store, Jose Colon, is a Trump supporter himself.
"That was my intention, to do something good," he said, adding he thought a Trump coupon might remind people to vote.
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The stunt has mixed reviews. Some, like one shopper who drove six miles out of her way to shop at the market Friday wearing a Trump mask and sweatshirt, said how much they enjoy the promotion.
But others are not in the same camp — more than 1,000 people have commented on the post advertising the discount, with some calling it "disgraceful" and calling for a boycott of the store. Colon said he got threatening phone calls, emails and texts as well.
"Trying to bring unity to a community, it seems to want to divide it a little more when you put something like that out," said Gina Lafroscia, who is a regular shopper at the store and said the Trump discount was a mistake.
However, Colon said Friday that he will offer the same discount to Biden supporters. He also plans to alert law enforcement to keep an eye on his store.
"There's a lot of hatred, a lot of division," Colon said. "It's going from bad to worse."
Naturally, the discounts expire on Election Day.