A California Democratic Party leader called for a boycott against In-N-Out over its donations to the GOP — and it backfired almost immediately

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  • Some Democratic lawmakers in California want to boycott In-N-Out, after learning the burger chain donated $US25,000 to Republicans ahead of the midterm elections.
  • California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman led the charge, tweeting, “let Trump and his cronies support these creeps,” on Thursday.
  • In-N-Out, like many other companies nationwide, has donated to both Democrats and Republicans.

A California Democratic Party leader caught some blowback for suggesting a boycott against the In-N-Out burger chain because of a $US25,000 donation it made to the Republican Party.

“Et tu In-N-Out?” California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman said on Thursday. “Let Trump and his cronies support these creeps… perhaps animal style!”

Some people got right on board with Bauman’s call for an In-N-Out boycott. “No more Double-Doubles for me,” one person wrote. “From now on, only Shake Shack.”

Others were not so eager to jump on Bauman’s bandwagon. “I’m sorry you seem confused; this is America, another Twitter user wrote to Bauman. “I don’t care who donated what to who when it comes to a double double.”

In-N-Out vice president Arnie Wensinger responded to the uproar in a statement to the Sacramento Bee newspaper on Thursday:

“We have been fortunate to do business in this great state for almost 70 years. While it is unfortunate that our contributions to support both political parties in California has caused concern with some groups, we believe that bipartisan support is a fair and consistent approach that best serves the interests of our company and all of our customers.”

Political donations are not new for the popular fast-food chain. The Orange County-based company donated $US30,000 to the GOP twice in the last two years.

In 2017, it also donated $US80,000 to a political action committee that supports moderate Democrats.

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