Fast-food chain Wendy’s is the target of social media backlash after it was discovered that the chain has donated over $440,000 to Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. The hashtag #WendysIsOverParty began to trend in support of boycotting the popular restaurant.
Trump participated in the roundtable discussion with restaurant-industry leaders on the recovery efforts for fast food establishments on Monday. These leaders included Panera CEO Niren Chaudhary; Jose Cil, the CEO of Burger King and Popeyes’ parent company, Restaurant Brands International; Thomas Keller, a fine-dining restaurateur; and Muy Cos. CEO James Bodenstedt, whose company operates several Wendys, Taco Bells, and Pizza Huts across the nation, was the first fast-food franchisee to take a seat among restaurant-industry leaders.
— DepressedCapitalistWorkRobot (@Delano_Donut) June 2, 2020
Your CEO has donated 400k to getting trump reelected…#WendysIsOver
— Danika Silva (@SillyDanika995) June 2, 2020
— Coll ? (@collshmeen23) June 2, 2020
— FlowState Photography (@FlowState_Photo) June 2, 2020
— ProfessorRemake (@ProfessorRemake) June 2, 2020
So y’all been giving my 4 for $4 money to Trump all this time…damn, y’all got me through some hard times but I guess I gotta make the hard decision and break up with y’all. #WendysIsOver pic.twitter.com/RbjZkRYrjE
— It's Her (@GeminiGyrl83) June 2, 2020
Since 2018, Bodenstedt has donated more than $440,000 to Trump’s reelection campaign, with his most recent donation being on March 12th, when he donated $200,000 to the Trump Victory PAC.
Other restaurants head officials have shown their support for Trump as well. This includes Tilman Fertitta, the CEO of Landry’s Inc, who donated $35,000 back in February. Landry’s owns restaurant brands such as Bubba Gump, Del Frisco’s and Joe’s Crab Shack. Jose Cil, the CEO of Burger King and Popeyes’ parent company, Restaurant Brands International; Thomas Keller, a fine-dining restaurateur; and Panera CEO Niren Chaudhary, all donated to help Trump gain reelection.