Patricia Arquette Urges One-Day ‘Economic Shutdown’ to Hurt Trump

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 01: Honoree Patricia Arquette accepts the Vanguard Award onstage
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Actress Patricia Arquette is urging people to participate in a one-day economic shutdown that is designed to inflict damage on the U.S. economy and hurt President Donald Trump.

Arquette posted a message to Instagram on Thursday promoting the March 2 event, telling her followers that they should refrain from making any purchases — presumably, including food and medication — for a 24-hour period as part of the #resist movement against the Trump administration.

Arquette’s post claims that the goal of the economic boycott is to “cause a $238.2 billion dollar blip on the federal government’s records.”

It remains unclear who is organizing the boycott, but it appears that it originated with the Twitter account @Lee8772, which said that there will be similar day-long boycotts each month through the November election.

“This will not cause us to go into a recession, but it will slow the economy down,” the account says. “It will show the GOP that Americans are coming together & we’re demanding changes starting with the removal of Trump.”

The account said that only emergency purchases will be exempted from the boycott.

Arquette isn’t the first Hollywood celebrity to advocate for damaging the U.S. economy in order to hurt President Trump, even if it means ordinary Americans will have to bear the brunt of a slowdown. Comedian Bill Maher has repeatedly said on his HBO show that he hopes the U.S. goes into a recession if it means that the Trump administration will suffer.

“I hope for a recession to get rid of Trump. Sorry if that hurts people,” Maher said in 2018.

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