“Et tu In-N-Out?” tweeted California Democratic Party head Eric Bauman last weekend. “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!”
In a landscape of dubious left-wing political strategies and objectives, this was one of the most misguided. Bauman’s call for a boycott of the popular California-based burger chain was met with immediate backlash…including from within the Democratic Party. For the first time, Democrats appeared to understand that they don’t actually gain anything from shrinking the party in this bizarre way. For the first time, they seemed to recognize that this “you’re either with us or against us” mentality will eventually lead to a whole bunch of Americans saying, “Yeah, you know what, we’re against you.”
It was idiotic from the word go, this aborted attempt at a boycott. This was ten times worse than the backlash against Chick-fil-a and Hobby Lobby, and those were already wretched examples of consumer protest in the first place. But In-N-Out didn’t even do anything! They donated to one of the two major political parties in the state…and that’s all. For that grievous sin, those in search of a tasty burger are supposed to head over to McDonalds? Ridiculous.
In addition to inspiring groans from his fellow Democrats, Bauman’s tweet gave Republican politicians an easy opportunity to join hands with the restaurant and welcome any on-the-fence voters who were turned off by a political party telling them where to get their fast food fix. This cluster led a spokesman for the California Democratic Party to distance the organization from its chief, telling the LA Times that the tweet represented Bauman’s “personal view.”
“We’re not happy that In-N-Out gave the money,” said John Vigna, “but we’re not calling for an official boycott. Democrats are very fired up. Chris is definitely giving voice to a feeling a lot of people have right now.”
Yes. A lot of crazed leftists. And if In-N-Out tried to build a business model catering to those people, the first thing they would need to do is take all meat off the menu. So that seems, um, less than viable.