Some people began calling for a boycott of the popular fast-food restaurant In-N-Out after it was discovered on Aug. 27, that the company donated $25,000 to the California Republican Party.
Journalist Gabe Schneider found the public filing of the company’s contribution and posted a photo of it on his Twitter page on Aug. 29.
— Gabe Schneider ? (@gabemschneider) August 29, 2018
Eric Bauman, chair of the California Democratic Party, also sent out a tweet on Aug. 29, saying, Et tu In-N-Out? …it’s time to #BoycottInNOut.”
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
Some people posted on Twitter saying they agreed with the boycott.
— Karoli (@Karoli) August 30, 2018
Others said they had every intention of continuing to go to the restaurant. Some even hoped a potential boycott would make the notoriously long lines at In-N-Out shorter.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 31, 2018
On Aug. 30, the California Democratic Party’s communications director John Vigna clarified that Bauman had been sharing “just his personal view” and the party wasn’t calling for an official boycott, according to Los Angeles Times.
In-N-Out released a statement saying the company contributes to both Democratic and Republican Political Action Committees, as well as organizations that prevent child abuse, human trafficking, and substance addiction.
Public filings show the company has also contributed to the California Republican Party in past years, according to Los Angeles Times. The family-owned business has long held strong Christian views and prints references to Bible verses on its food packaging.
Founded in 1948 in Baldwin Park, the restaurant chain has become an iconic staple for many Californians and long lines can be seen at almost every hour of the day. Now with more than 300 locations, it can also be found in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Oregon.
In-N-Out has kept nearly the same menu for decades and has strict quality standards, such as fresh beef only, never frozen. The company also refuses to allow franchises or go public.