An attorney general is asking Chick-fil-A to build more locations in his state, and a top Democratic presidential candidate has bashed the liberal boycott of the chicken sandwich chain.
According to The Hill, Montana Attorney General Tim Fox wrote a letter to Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy asking him for more restaurants in the Treasure State as the company “faces a barrage of unnecessary criticism” from liberals upset that Cathy is an evangelical Christian who is not afraid to express the Bible’s stance on marriage.
Fox referenced the San Antonio Airport, one of at least a couple airports that have recently barred Chick-fil-A from opening a location, according to Delish, despite the chain’s explosive growth and popularity.
“I want you to know that Montanans don’t discriminate against others based on religious affiliations,” Fox wrote, also referencing the fact that his rural state only has a single Chick-fil-A restaurant.
“Just to be clear, in Montana, beef is king. But we sure know good food when we taste it,” he continued, adding that, “Not only are Montanans the most amazing friends and neighbors you’ll ever meet, we’re hungry and ready to do business with you.”
Fox is running for governor in 2020 as a Republican.
Chick-fil-A recently told Fox News that “The 140,000 people who serve customers in our restaurants on a daily basis represent and embrace all people, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Our intent is to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”
That hasn’t stopped many liberals from considering the restaurant chain hateful and calling for more boycotts. But openly gay Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg recently bashed the boycott.
According to CNN, Buttigieg started off by saying, "If you're turned off, as I am, by the political behavior of Chick-Fil-A or their executives, that leaves a bad taste in your mouth so to speak. You decide not to shop there, I certainly get it and I support it.”
But then his tone shifted as he added, "But, you know, the reality is we, I think, sometimes slip into a sort of virtue signaling in some cases where we're not really being consistent."
"I mean, what about all the other places we get our chicken from?” he continued. “Do we know, have we scrutinized the political contributions of the executives of other places that we get all of our food from? ... I just want to make sure that we're not too sanctimonious about this. Because sometimes we put ourselves in this position of judgment that doesn't really hold up under scrutiny."
But his reasonable argument didn’t sit well in the stomachs of some liberals.