In-N-Out Burger Targeted for Boycott—Christians Caught in the Crossfire Between Political Parties

A call to boycott the In-N-Out Burger chain gained little momentum in early September.

The chain, founded in 1948 by devout Christians Harry and Esther Snyder, is known for printing Scripture references on the bottoms of their cups.

Eric Bauman, the chairman of California’s Democratic Party, called for the boycott Aug. 30 after he heard that the burger chain had donated $25,000 to the California Republican Party. He tweeted: “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!”

But Californians, many of whom hold the burger chain in high regard, were reluctant to go along, and the Democratic Party distanced itself from the call for a boycott, saying the chairman’s tweet was not being considered as an official party policy. Media outlets quickly pointed out that the chain has donated to both political parties.

In-N-Out’s executive vice president, Arnie Wensinger, said in a statement: “For years, In-N-Out Burger has supported lawmakers who, regardless of political affiliation, promote policies that strengthen California and allow us to continue operating with the values of providing strong pay and great benefits for our associates.”