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The attempted anti-Trump boycott of the popular In-N-Out Burger chain is over. Eric Bauman, chairman of the California Democratic Party, declared that "there is no boycott" after specifically calling for one last week.
“I put one tweet out at 10:30 at night and it turned into a whole thing. We’ve raised so much money in small donations as a result of that one tweet and so many people have engaged with that tweet, almost a million people, so it’s amazing how it became this big boycott,” he said on Monday, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Except, it didn't become a big boycott. It became a laughingstock. See below:
A Democrat-driven boycott of a beloved burger chain that was meant to be a slap to the face of President Trump and his supporters is looking like a to-go order with all the wrong items.
There was one huge problem with it: It’s hard for anyone to say no to a juicy In-N-Out Burger.
The California-based and Christian-owned burger chain is wildly popular in the Golden State for its fresh ingredients and the tasty options on its simple menu. It’s spread to five other states, including Texas, where it has numerous locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio areas.
But when someone discovered that In-N-Out had donated tens of thousands of dollars to the California Republican Party, California Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman went on the warpath to punish the restaurant, according to Fox News.
He took to Twitter to call for a boycott, writing, “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.”
It didn’t seem to matter to Bauman that In-N-Out has also donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democrat-run groups. In the era of Trump Derangement Syndrome, there’s no way to atone for the sin of supporting our president in any way.
But even in blue California, his boycott is failing miserably.
“The stomach overrules the mind,” pointed out Cal State L.A. professor Jaime Regalado, according to the LA Times. “A cheap, good-tasting burger is hard to dismiss politically.”
Many Democrats are calling the boycott silly and refusing to throw their support behind Bauman’s push. It’s also given Republicans a reason to rally around the company, giving it an extra helping of business. Evangelist Franklin Graham proudly posted a photo of himself eating at In-N-Out on Twitter.
Aside from its incredible burgers on the cheap, the fast-food chain is known for being an excellent employer, and its practice of printing Bible verse references on its wrappers and drink cups has been met with very little criticism over the years.
And now Republican Alabama Senator Phil Williams wants In-N-Out to take advantage of the boycott and expand into his state, where he believes it will be well received.
“Hey #InNOutBurger c'mon to Alabama! We love burgers, and we love #Republicans!,” he wrote on Twitter.
Commenters begged the burger chain to open locations in Tennessee, southern Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa, Florida, Virginia, South Dakota, Ohio, Georgia, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Oklahoma, New Jersey, New England, and the UK.
Georgia-based Chick-fil-A has tasted what a liberal boycott tastes like: absolutely delicious. The nationwide chicken sandwich chain saw lines wrapping around their buildings as people waited for hours to show their support for the fast-food restaurant.