Holy Hamburger! The left is calling for a boycott of In-N-Out Burger because the corporation had the temerity to donate money to the California Republican Party.
A public filing shows a $25,000 donation from the California-based chain to the California Republican Party. Following revelations of the donation, Eric Bauman, Chair of the California Democratic Party, asked "Et tu In-N-Out?" before calling on others to boycott.
The hashtag, #BoycottInNOut, was quickly picked up by disgruntled fans who were disappointed at the donation. Others observed that the burger chain's donation is unsurprising—the firm is based in Irvine, California, which is part of the heavily Republican Orange County. One Twitter user, who said they would not join the boycott, wrote, "Of course they like the CA GOP, they proselytize on all their food with hidden [Bible verses]." (In-N-Out places discreet Bible verses on its packaging.)
The burger chain has also made donations across the aisle. Fortune found that campaign finance filings show a 2017 donation of $30,000 and a 2018 donation of $50,000 to Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy, a political action committee that provides support for business-friendly Democrats.
"Et tu" what? So the company becomes one of the tens of thousands of companies that donate to the GOP? Are you going to boycott them all?
The left is very possessive of some professions and industries. Try working for a tech giant in Silicon Valley and supporting Republicans. Or let on that you're a conservative if you're a college teacher. In either case, you open yourself up to ridicule and exclusion.
Nothing illegal or even wrong with trying to start a boycott against a company whose politics you disagree with. It just shows how petty and stupid our politics has become.
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