After a brouhaha erupted over Chick-fil-A supporting hate groups, conservatives rallied around the chicken sandwich people.
Conservatives rallied by posting photos of themselves on social media eating chicken sandwiches. That was their idea of sticking it to liberals. It was another form of tribalism.
It doesn’t matter how abhorrent conservatives are, the base will rally. Supporting hate groups qualifies as abhorrent. You would think at least one prominent conservative would have reached out and said, “You make a nice sandwich, but maybe stop supporting hate groups.”
Now, Chick-fil-A is caving. They’ve decided to no longer donate to groups that hate gays, lesbians, trans, etc. And conservatives are flipping out. Remember when they told us to get over it and buy a chicken sandwich, dammit? Yeah, now they’re crying about being betrayed. Betrayed by Chick-fil-A. Now they know how McRib fans feel.
Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and the man who spawned Sarah Huckabee Sanders, tweeted, “In Aug 2012, I coordinated a national @ChickfilA Appreciation Day after they were being bullied by militant hate groups. Millions showed up. Today, @ChickfilA betrayed loyal customers for $$. I regret believing they would stay true to convictions of founder Truett Cathey. Sad.”
Aw. It sounds like Papa Huckasans doesn’t appreciate Chick-fil-A anymore. Here’s the thing, Huckabee, you don’t support hate groups and complain about being bullied by hate groups. The fact of the matter is, Mike Huckabee is one of the ringleaders of hate.
Drew Anderson, director of campaigns and rapid response for GLAAD said, “If Chick-fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organizations like Focus on the Family. Chick-fil-A investors, employees, and customers can greet today’s announcement with cautious optimism, but should remember that similar press statements were previously proven to be empty.”
So all that show of support by conservatives, the “appreciation day,” social media sandwich photos, etc, were to no avail. Did Chick-fil-A figure out that conservatives are a dying species? Did they figure out, even though they’re based in the deep south, that liberals and moderates outnumber conservatives? Or did they just figure out that Popeyes new sandwich is kicking their ass and doing so without hate?
What’s next? Will Chick-fil-A figure out that people like chicken sandwiches on Sundays too?
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