Why liberals target Chick-fil-A
by Zachary Halaschak, Economics Reporter |
| July 17, 2021 06:46 AM
Chick-fil-A is back in the spotlight after Sen. Lindsey Graham vowed to “go to war” for the fast-food company. But how exactly did a chicken sandwich restaurant become such a lightning rod of political division?
Chick-fil-A prides itself on its signature chicken sandwich, featuring freshly battered boneless breasts served with dill pickles and toasted buns. Its business model has been emulated by several companies — including Popeyes, Wendy’s, and McDonald’s — but its food is not what gets liberal critics going. Rather, it is the past corporate donations and the political and religious views of its founder and current CEO.
The first Chick-fil-A was opened by S. Truett Cathy decades ago in Georgia, and the chain saw rapid growth across the South. It has since spread across the country with more than 2,600 locations.
Cathy was a deeply religious man and kept his stores closed on Sunday to adhere to biblical principles, which he believed translated well to good business principles.