First they came for my Chick-Fil-A and I did not speak out (because it’s not available in my region), then they came for my Papa John’s and I did not speak out (because, gross), then they came for my In-N-Out and I was like, whoa, let’s not lose our heads here! LA Magazine reports that the Irvine, CA based burger chain is facing a boycott because it was revealed that they recently made a sizable donation to the Republican Party. Anybody who’s surprised in the least by this revelation probably doesn’t even know about the secret menu and that you can ask them to fry them floppy little french fries extra hard.
LA Mag says that a Washington D.C based journalist (so, probably never had a Double Double animal-style, hold the sauce, in his whole dang life) named Gabe Schneider found the $25,000 donation to the California Republican Party in the public records and shared his finding on Twitter.
— Gabe Schneider ? (@gabemschneider) August 29, 2018
This news prompted a call to boycott the company and #boycotIinNOut became a thing.
I hate that In-N-Out has probably donated to the Republican Party before now and I gave them my business. They are my #1 favorite. No more, though. #BoycottInNOut
— Mother Resister ?⚖️✊? (@MotherResister) August 30, 2018
Go off then, Leia.
Thing is, it’s been known that In-N-Out is a conservative leaning company. If you lift your cup you’ll see some hidden bible verses. Plus the kids who work there are always squeaky clean looking and hella polite, so you know the company don’t put up with no “let your freak flag fly” business. You gotta keep your freak flag on the down-low, in tiny font, and hide it on the bottom of a milkshake. According to LA Mag, they’ve donated to the Republican party before.
It’s certainly not the first In-N-Out Republican contribution. The fast food chain has a long history of donating to political causes. In 2017 and 2016, the company donated $30,000 per year to the California GOP for general party expenses.
But they have also donated to a few non-partisan causes. Plus the weird American cheese they use is highly addictive. Who thought sticky cheese could be so tasty? Here’s the response that really spoke to me.
What? That’s crazy! Also me: pic.twitter.com/j4LXBfNRZU
— Lizette Naranjo (@lizettenar93) August 30, 2018
What can I say, I didn’t touch a grape until I was in my 20s because Cesar Chavez told me not to. But you got to pick your battles. And when I asked my fellow In-N-Out lover Michael K for a comment, he said, “Please respect my privacy during this difficult time.”