People in Canada are cancelling Wendy's over ties to Donald Trump
The people of Twitter have some serious (square) beef with Wendy's today after learning about a major franchise operator for the fast food giant donating more than $440,000 US Donald Trump's re-election campaign.
As first reported by Business Insider back in May, the U.S. President has received multiple hefty sums from Muy! Companies CEO James Bodenstedt since 2018.
Bodenstedt is not directly employed by Wendy's, but his company does franchise hundreds of Wendy's, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell locations across the U.S.
OK. Wendy's funding of Trump's election campaign is more than enough to make people want to cancel the fast food chain. https://t.co/0MeGyx9Ffo— Furbydude 🇨🇦 (@FurbySquawk) June 2, 2020
For whatever reason, some two weeks after news of his financial links to Trump were publicized, Twitter users started circulating news of Bodenstedt's association with Wendy's, specifically.
The hashtag "#WendysIsOverParty" was trending in both Canada and the U.S. early Tuesday afternoon as people all over the world pledged never to eat at Wendy's again due to Bodenstedt's campaign donations.
@Wendys, @tacobell and @pizzahut your CEO donated $440,000 to Trump's campaign. As a Canadian who's country gets the fallout of the US, I officially am boycotting all of your brand's. I urge anyone who stands against Trump to do the same thing.https://t.co/vc1SviushS— The King Returns 🇨🇦 #BlackLivesMatter (@MyLastChance8) June 1, 2020
Not even the allure of what is widely-believed to be Canada's best-available spicy chicken sandwich can overpower the country's general distaste (if not outright hatred) for Trump.
Never eating here again after hearing your company supports this orange dictator. Canada hates trump— James Lewis (@blockclocker) June 2, 2020
Wendy's has not publicly responded to the uproar, but some are sticking up for the chain to note that Bodenstedt isn't its CEO.
As such, a nationwide boycott would be a little bit of overkill, at least insofar as that particular target is concerned; boycotting a Wendy's in California would be completely outside of his reach, as far as I can tell.— David Oxford (@LBD_Nytetrayn) June 2, 2020
Others are pointing out that the company's actual CEO isn't any better.
Yall wildin over 400k? Wendys chairman helped Trump raise 10 million dollars and donated 6 million to the Republican party while pandering a McDonald's diss tracks to black and brown people added with some clever tweets. #WendysIsOverParty https://t.co/uf525WjddJ— Monnie The Commie🌹 (@BlackBernieBabe) June 2, 2020
Many more are simply boycotting Wendy's (among other brands) in an attempt to ensure their hard-earned money somehow doesn't end up in Trump's pocket.
since we cannot vote in the US election, please read up on corporations that have donated to Trump's presidential run(s) and DO NOT SUPPORT THEM: @Wendys, @EsteeLauder @Walmart, @tacobell, @MolsonCoors & many more, plz do some research & commit to boycotting these scum companies— k__campbell (@k__campbell) May 29, 2020
"Your CEO donated $440,000 to Trump's campaign," wrote one Twitter user to the main Twitter accounts of Wendy's, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.
"As a Canadian whose country gets the fallout of the US, I officially am boycotting all of your brands. I urge anyone who stands against Trump to do the same thing."
"Confirmed," wrote another. "I live in Canada and won't ever eat at Wendy's again. Deplorable."
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