‘It’s time to #BoycottInNOut — let Trump and his cronies support these creeps…perhaps animal style!’ – the California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman tweeted
Some may argue that In-N-Out Burger has the most loyal customers. However, many of them are reportedly boycotting the burger chain after it donated $25,000 to the California Republican Party.
According to a public filing on the California Secretary of State’s website, In-N-Out made the donation Monday.
The donation made its way to thousands of people’s Twitter feed on Wednesday and shortly after, the hashtag #BoycottInNOut was born.
California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman called for the boycott, writing on Twitter: “It’s time to #BoycottInNOut — let Trump and his cronies support these creeps … perhaps animal style!”
The California Democratic Party’s communications director, John Vigna, later said Bauman’s tweet was his own personal view and it doesn’t reflect the official stance of the California Democratic Party, LA Times reported.
The burger chain, which started in Baldwin Park, California in 1948 by Harry Snyder and Esther Snyder, proudly displays Bible verses on some of its packaging and has contributed to Republican causes in the past. According to the Sacramento Bee, it donated $30,000 to the GOP in 2017.
But it also gave the California pro-business PAC, “Californians for Jobs & A Strong Economy,” $80,000 in 2017. The PAC has worked to elect moderate Democrats, according to the Bee.
The official California Republican Party Twitter account wrote that while Bauman “attacks an all-around great company, which is generous to both parties, CA leads the way in poverty, homelessness, unaffordability, traffic & underperforming schools. Oh, and violent crime is rising. But let’s talk burgers instead.”
California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox tweeted: “There’s nothing more Californian than In-N-Out Burger. Great lunch today in #Fresno. If [email protected] is nervous debating me on CA issues – maybe a friendly Double Double vs Caviar joust?”
In a statement to CNBC, In-N-Out Burger Executive Vice President Arnie Wensinger said the company “made equal contributions to both Democratic and Republican Political Action Committees in the state of California. For years, In-N-Out Burger has supported lawmakers who, regardless of political affiliation, promote policies that strengthen California and allow us to continue operating with the values of providing strong pay and great benefits for our Associates.”
“This is the best California publicity Shake Shack could ever ask for,” one Twitter user wrote.
@NersesAposhian tweeted: “Wait… does this mean California liberals (basically most of the state) won’t eat at In-N-Out anymore? Shorter lines?!”
Another person tweeted, “This really bums me out because I’m a regular customer… BUT I cannot spent money with a company that supports the current GOP! #BoycottInNOut.”
Check out some more Tweets below:
— luweewee (@lu_weewee) August 29, 2018
@innoutburger looks like my family and I will be boycotting your restaurants from now on. You donate to the @GOP, that means you stand with Trump and all his bigotry. #ShameOnYou! #BoycottInNOuthttps://t.co/79wo1kNvxW
— SIMON_LEFISCH (@simon_lefisch) August 30, 2018
— L.E. Marcus (@ellie_mint) August 30, 2018
Et tu In-N-Out? Tens of thousands of dollars donated to the California Republican Party… it’s time to #BoycottInNOut – let Trump and his cronies support these creeps… perhaps animal style!https://t.co/9zkdFaG5CJ
— EricBauman (@EricBauman) August 30, 2018