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The Great In-N-Out Boycott

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The Great In-N-Out Boycott

The Great In-N-Out Boycott
September 04
17:09 2018

The radical left is good at protests, riots and political violence – but not so good at boycotts. That does not prevent them from calling for boycotts about as frequently as President Trump tweets. The latest is against In-N-Out, q 335-outlet regional hamburger chain headquartered in California.

And what manner of cultural or social transgression would warrant or provoke such rebuke?

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Well, it seems that In-N-Out donated $25,000 to the Republican Party.  This got Eric Bauman, head of the California State Democratic Party to thinking – but not too clearly.  The fact that In-N-Out, like most corporations, donates to the Democratic Party as well did not matter to Bauman.  He tweeted:

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! http://www.lamag.com/digestblog/in-n-out-republican/ 

The link takes you to an article in the Los Angeles Magazine that reported the donation. It also reported a donation of $50,000 to a Political Action Committee (PAC) run by a prominent Democrat operative, but apparently Bauman did not read past the first paragraph.

Most Americans may never have heard of In-N-Out, but where it exists, it has almost a cult following – and you know how Californians love cults.

The effort backfired faster than a Model T Ford.   The photo accompanying this article is not showing protestors.  It is of lines that formed after Bauman’s tweet.  Republicans in the Golden State had a field day with photos of them gorging on stacks of burgers and taking tourist like photos in front of the iconic sign.  The company received pleas to expand into other regions of the country and a few expressed a desire to purchase franchises. 

In about the time it takes to go in and out of an In-N-Out, the state Democratic Party had to backtrack even if it meant humiliating the boss.  Declaring that the call for a boycott was merely Bauman’s personal opinion, the Party’s Communications Director John Vigna said, “We’re not happy that In-N-Out gave the money, but we’re not calling for an official boycott.”

Geez!  If there was any where on earth that a boycott against Republicans should work, it would be in California.  Even bringing in the Trump name into his tweet did not boost Bauman’s effort by a single order of french fries – not even a small order.

Bauman’s call for a left-wing Democrat-led boycott and the results he got are nothing new.  It falls into the will-they-never-learn category.

When Dan Cathy, President of Chick fil a expressed his purely personal objection to gay marriages, the left trampled all over the First Amendment to attack the company and call for a national boycott.  Even some on the left objected to conflating Cathy’s personal opinion with a company that employed quite a few gay folks.  Chick fil a benefited from an organic counter-boycott – with sales suddenly skyrocketing.  (Personal note: The Chick fil a near this writing has five to ten cars in the drive-thru every time I pass.)

The left’s boycott of Hobby Lobby had the same effect.  And let us not forget the periodic calls to boycott Wal-Mart for just about every perceived transgression – low wages, low prices that drive out competition, Asian-made goods and political contributions.  And yet, shoppers crowd the stores and applications for jobs pile up in the personnel offices.  Parkland shooting activist David Hogg called for a boycott of the entire State of Florida by Spring break students unless the state legislature passed his version of gun control legislation.  If anyone heeded his call, it was not noticeable.  Then there was the unsuccessful call to boycott BP after the Gulf oil spill.  Was not very effective.

The Democratic liberals have never been able to compete with the Republican conservatives when it comes to showing displeasure with boycotts.  You can go as far back as when Reverend Jerry Falwell called for a boycott that got the 7-11 chain to stop selling adult magazines.   The boycott of the National Football League after they caved into the National Anthem protestors cut deeply into revenues.  They have still not recovered.

I would write more, but I have to get some gas at BP on my way to lunch at Chick fil a and then do some shopping at Wal-Mart.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Allen
    Allen September 05, 17:36

    So question to someone that might know. I went to California last week and had to stop at some state agency in Meyers, California to show my drivers license and answer some questions about produce. However, the entire state of California can send out produce with human waste on it. Again, a bunch of hypocrites live in California.

    Reply to this comment
    • Talleration
      Talleration September 06, 19:02

      Why does the main stream media not cover the deplorable conditions in San fran cisco?

      Reply to this comment
    • Working4Liars
      Working4Liars October 30, 00:42

      I work for the Socialist State of CA. Look at the dumpsters behind the State buildings. It is full of wooden pallets that should be reused, but… Californian politicians are just all talk.

      Reply to this comment
  2. Tom
    Tom September 05, 18:05

    I have a great dim-wit story: In a new book on Trump, Kelly was quoted as saying “he’s (Trump) is an idiot” and he (Trump) acted like a fifth or sixth grader. And (Trump) “has gone off the rails, we’re in crazy town.” Senior advisors have passed on information that they are extremely concerned over (Trump’s erratic nature, his relative ignorance, his inability to learn, as well as what they consider his dangerous views. John Dowd, Trump’s former lawyer about Russia probe, said Trump should not testify because “he was incapable of giving simple factual answers.”

    These are very similar assessments given by Rex Tillerson and other former members of the Trump cabinet. There are grave concerns about a president supposedly on vacation, who send out 48 tweets on a given Saturday.

    Reply to this comment
  3. Scott
    Scott September 05, 21:47

    My friend wants to get on your email list and cannot find the link. When I 1st tried I remember having the same problem. How can i direst her? her email is drgaboules@yahoo.com

    Reply to this comment
  4. Betty Jay
    Betty Jay September 06, 13:10

    Years ago I visited San Francisco and Los Angeles but will not waste any money in California since the liberal Democrats have shown what they are now. Don’t watch TV or movies anymore since the idiotic “entertainers” started trashing our Country.

    Reply to this comment
  5. Doug
    Doug September 29, 00:08

    OK, Larry — now tell us how Dr. Laura and Bill O’Reilly blew off what amounts to boycotts. And how Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity and others didn’t sweat it.

    How about litigation at gun sellers and manufacturers? Just another arrow in the left’s quiver.

    We’ve seen “RoseAnne” and “Last Man Standing” canceled in what amounts to enforced boycott — cancellation by the powers-that-be.

    Yes, individual leftniks run off half-cocked and say or do massively stupid things, but that doesn’t mean the steamroller that crushes opposition from the non-left isn’t formidable and effective.

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  6. Larry Horist
    Larry Horist September 29, 16:41

    Doug. You’re examples are not boycotts. They are mostly actions taken by management. As far as I can tell Ingraham and Hannity are doing quite will. My article was about grassroots boycotts. And … I would agree that the left exerts a lot of dangerous influence. It is just that boycotts are not their best or most dangerous weapon.

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