The popular Florida grocery store Publix is drawing fire for allegedly covering magazines with President-elect Donald Trump’s picture on the cover.
…but there’s more that doesn’t meet the eye here than just the photo of Trump.
Walter Indyk was at the employee-owned supermarket chain’s Cape Coral store last week when he saw a National Enquirer edition featuring Trump’s mug on the front shielded with a white screen often used to cover magazines with mature content, according to WFTX-TV.
“I lift it up and there was a picture of Donald Trump, the President-elect. I was like ‘Wow, really? I mean, what’s next?'” Indyk told the Fox affiliate.
“I was flabbergasted. I was amazed. I couldn’t believe it,” he added. “I was like ‘This guy’s going to be the President. They have the nerve to cover his picture up at the check out aisle?'”
Indyk said a manager told him they received complaints from customers about the magazine and the decision to cover it was made at the corporate level, WFTX-TV reported.
But it turns out, the offense taken by customers has less to do with Trump than it did with the National Enquirer in general.
“The National Enquirer receives the most customer complaints about front page content, so they were added to the list of magazines required to be covered, just last week,” a Publix corporate spokesperson said in a statement, according to WFTX-TV.
The supermarket tabloid’s chief executive officer and chairman, David Pecker, calls Trump a friend. He has known Trump for 25 years and supported his presidential run. Additionally, the Enquirer made its first ever endorsement of Trump earlier this year.
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