It’s election day in the United States, and corporate America’s response—besides all those encouraging suggestions to vote—is coming into focus. And it has nothing to do with the ballot box: retailers across America, including Tiffany’s, Macy’s, H&M, CVS, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nike, Sweetgreen, and more are boarding up their windows. The decision isn’t inexplicable, necessarily, though it casts a grim light on the way our corporate overlords see the election.
The boarded up stores in Portland, Seattle, Washington. D.C., and New York, are intended as a safeguard in anticipation of post-election riots. Indeed, the consensus for many business owners seems to be that no matter who wins, someone is going to throw a chair through a shop window. And corporations aren’t the only ones boarding up: earlier this week, the White House was enclosed by a new “non-scalable” fence. (Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was destroyed