Sen. Graham says he'd 'go to war' for Chick-fil-A after outrage at chain on Catholic campus

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Sen. Lindsey Graham said he is ready to "go to war" for Chick-fil-A after some students and faculty members at Notre Dame denounced a proposal to open the fast-food chain on campus. 

"I want everyone in South Carolina and across America to know I have Chick fil-A’s back," Graham tweeted Wednesday. "I hope we don’t have to, but I will go to war for the principles Chick fil-A stands for. Great food. Great service. Great values. God bless Chick fil-A!"

The tweet was in response to students and faculty at Notre Dame, a Catholic university, expressing outrage over a proposal to open a Chick-fil-A on campus due to its past donations to Christian groups. 

Opponents to the proposal accused Chick-fil-A of donating to "queerphobic groups," such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Salvation Army. 

"It’s disappointing to hear some ND students and faculty want to ban Chick-fil-A from doing business on campus because they disagree with the values held by the Chick-fil-A founders," Graham said in another tweet on the matter. "What a dangerous precedent to set."

Chick-fil-A did not immediately respond to Fox News’s request for comment on Graham’s remarks. 

Liberals have long slammed Chick-fil-A for donating to Christian groups accused of anti-LGBTQ views, and the company announced a donation policy shift in 2019 to focus on initiatives assisting in "the areas of education, homelessness and hunger."

The wildly popular fast-food chain is currently facing resistance in New York, where the chain is slated to open in rest stops along I-90 as part of the Thruway Authority’s $450 million service-state modernization project. 

A handful of Democratic state legislators, however, want the plan halted, citing claims of anti-LGBTQ donations. 

In San Antonio, city council members blocked plans to open a Chick-fil-A in the city’s airport after also citing past donations made by the company. 

"San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior," Councilman Roberto Treviño said in a 2019 statement. "Everyone has a place here, and everyone should feel welcome when they walk through our airport." 

The following year, however, Attorney General Ken Paxton said the chain would be offered a lease in the airport after an investigation.

Paxton said the decision to offer a lease was "so important" because if the council’s denial to the chain "was allowed to occur," "then this could happen all over the country, City councils or other governmental entities could just decide they didn't like your personal views on whatever related to your religious faith and stop you from having a business."

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Sen. Graham says he'd 'go to war' for Chick-fil-A after ND students voice concern about restaurant

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Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would "go to war" for Chick-fil-A after some students at Notre Dame voiced their opinion about wanting to keep the fast-food chain off their campus.

Several students from the Catholic-founded university stated in a letter to the NDSMC Observer editor, a student-run newspaper, that they have some "serious ethical concerns regarding" the restaurant, asking school officials to "keep Chick-fil-A away."

The students' letter responded to the university's Campus Dining posting on social media on May 12 about them considering the fast-food chain as an on-campus option for dining.

The South Carolina Senator responded on Wednesday in a tweet, saying that he wants "everyone in South Carolina and across America to know I have Chick-fil-A’s back. I hope we don’t have to, but I will go to war for the principles Chick-fil-A stands for."

The Georgia-based company has sparked controversy over the past several years.

In 2012, CEO Dan Cathy said that the company supports "the biblical definition of the family unit."

In 2019, the company announced that it would no longer donate to two organizations with controversial stands on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.

Lindsey Graham says he would ‘go to war’ for Chick-Fil-A after college student petition

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said in a series of Tweets Wednesday that he would “go to war” for Chick-fil-A’s principles after some students at Notre Dame started a petition against bringing the restaurant to campus.

Graham said he’s disappointed that some of the students started the petition, and thinks it’s a dangerous precedent to set because they disagree with the values held by the founders.

Graham went on to say that he would “go to war for the principles Chick-fil-A stands for.”

“I want everyone in South Carolina and across America to know that I have Chick-fil-A’s back,” Graham tweeted. “Great food. Great service. Great Values.” he added.

In a letter to the editor written in The Observer, the students said Chick-fil-A’s values contradict the values of the university.

“Our first concern relates to Chick-fil-A’s longstanding antagonism toward the LGBTQ+ community,” the letter states. “Over the past two decades, Chick-fil-A has donated significant sums to groups that oppose LGBTQ+ rights.”

The students also criticized what they called Chick-fil-A’s “factory farming.” The students said North America’s meat obsession is destroying the planet, and that the university should avoid supporting it.

The last point the students made was that there is no need for another fast-food restaurant on the Notre Dame campus, and pointed to Chick-fil-A being closed on Sundays, which “is not best for a bustling, hungry college campus.”

Read the full letter from the students on The Observer.

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'Get A Grip': Lindsey Graham Smoked For Declaring He'd Go To War For Chick-Fil-A

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Inspire an insurrection? Forgivable. Systemic racism? Not a problem. But if you criticize Chick-fil-A, you’d better watch out, because that’s the hill Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is willing to die on.

The senator devoted a tweet thread to defending the chicken sandwich chain on Wednesday after students at the University of Notre Dame wrote a letter opposing a proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant on its Indiana campus. Students at the Catholic college cited “ethical concerns” over the chain’s well-known anti-LGBTQ stance and donations to anti-LGBTQ causes.

Graham said it was “disappointing to hear some ND students and faculty want to ban Chick-fil-A from doing business on campus because they disagree with the values held by the Chick-fil-A founders.”

“I want everyone in South Carolina and across America to know I have Chick fil-A’s back,” he tweeted. “I hope we don’t have to, but I will go to war for the principles Chick fil-A stands for. Great food. Great service. Great values. God bless Chick fil-A!”

Critics online were stunned but not surprised.

Graham, a devoted Donald Trump ally, has remained loyal to the former president even after he incited a violent insurrection on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Graham has pointed the finger at others, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), over the attack. And while he has condemned the insurrection, his support for Trump has not waned.

His name was trending Wednesday after he expressed his views on the fast-food chain.

Today, election fraudster Lindsey Graham said he would go to war to defend Chick fil-A’s principles, which are bigotry, intolerance, hatred, but when it comes to deadly insurrection, he ignores it because his head is still lodged in the orange ass of the scumbag who incited it.

US Generals had to intervene to prevent Trump from attempting a coup, but don't worry, @LindseyGrahamSC has Chick-fil-A's back.

Lindsey Graham vows to "go to war" for Chick fil-A. He wouldn't lift a finger to stop a violent insurrection, but he could kill for a chicken sandwich

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Lindsey Graham backs Chick-fil-A after Notre Dame students protest food chain on campus

The Hill 14 July, 2021 - 06:58pm

Students wrote a letter to the school’s student-run newspaper published earlier this month, titled “Keep Chick-fil-A away,” that pushed back against the idea of the chain being offered on campus, citing “serious ethical concerns.”

The fast-food chain has come under fire in recent years for donations made by its charitable foundation to anti-LGBT groups. 

The students wrote that they believe “a variety of other restaurants would better fit Notre Dame’s mission and our student body’s needs,” while also calling for “student and faculty leaders to stop catering Chick-fil-A at campus events.”

The letter in The Observer appears to only have two student signatures. But a second letter signed by students and faculty similarly voicing opposition to Chick-fil-A has racked up nearly 200 signatures, according to Fox News, and has been circulated by a number of conservative media outlets over the past several days.

The letters both cite a post the school made on its campus dining page on Instagram in May that said it was "conducting a a comprehensive dining plan and is considering a variety of future restaurant options, including Chick-Fil-A."

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Graham called it “disappointing to hear” that some students and faculty at the school “want to ban Chick-fil-A from doing business on campus because they disagree with the values held by the Chick-fil-A founders.”

“I want everyone in South Carolina and across America to know I have Chick fil-A’s back. I hope we don’t have to, but I will go to war for the principles Chick fil-A stands for,” he said. “Great food. Great service. Great values. God bless Chick fil-A!”

Over the past several years, Chick-fil-A has seen efforts to turn its franchises away from a number of locations, ranging from universities to airports, for its charitable foundation's history of donations to anti-LGBT groups. 

It also came under scrutiny over comments its president made in 2012 about the company supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.”

Earlier this week, New York state lawmakers made headlines for seeking to keep the chain’s restaurants from state rest stops. 

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Lindsey Graham says he will “go to war” for Chick-fil-a after Notre Dame students disapprove of restaurant

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Nearly 200 Notre Dame students and faculty members signed an open letter to the school’s Campus Dining division opposing the proposed addition to its dining services.

Graham responded to the news on Twitter saying Notre Dame banning the restaurant because some students and faculty “disagree with the values” would be “a dangerous precedent to set.”

“I hope we don’t have to, but I will go to war for the principles Chick fil-A stands for. Great food. Great service. Great values,” Graham said in a tweet.

This tweet trended highly on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

Students also wrote a letter to the editor in The Observer, a student-run newspaper, urging campus officials to “keep Chick-fil-a away.”

The article references a May 12 Instagram post by Notre Dame Campus Dining, which said that it was “considering a variety of future restaurant options, including Chick-fil-a.”

The article raises concerns surrounding the restaurant’s issues with the LGBTQ+ community, participation in animal agriculture and lack of diversity in healthy food options.

“There are better alternatives that would both enhance the array of on-campus dining options and support the well-being of an increasingly diverse student body,” the article said.

Lindsey Graham Says He’s Willing to ‘Go to War’ for Chick-Fil-A

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Graham is fired up over an open letter from students and faculty at Notre Dame in which they voiced concern over campus dining’s consideration to bring Chick-fil-A to their school. In a series of tweets Wednesday afternoon, Graham made it abundantly clear that he has “Chik-fil-A’s back”

“I have always thought @NotreDame was one of the greatest universities in America, if not the world,” Graham began, sharing a link to Fox News coverage on the controversy.

“It’s disappointing to hear some ND students and faculty want to ban Chick-fil-A from doing business on campus because they disagree with the values held by the Chick-fil-A founders,” the senator wrote in a follow-up tweet. “What a dangerous precedent to set.”

“I want everyone in South Carolina and across America to know I have Chick fil-A’s back,” his final tweet read. “I hope we don’t have to, but I will go to war for the principles Chick fil-A stands for. Great food. Great service. Great values. God bless Chick fil-A!”

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 14, 2021

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 14, 2021

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 14, 2021

This isn’t even the first time Graham’s defended the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of chicken this week. On Tuesday, he bashed New York Democrats over their attempt to block Chick-fil-A from operating in rest stops due to concerns over the company’s religious-based opposition to gay marriage.

“If such a disastrous move ever came about – banning a commercial business due to them expressing their First Amendment rights – it would set a horrible precedent,” the South Carolina Republican posted on Facebook. “It would also be ferociously opposed by many Members of Congress, including me.”

Notre Dame students and faculty outlined their own grievances with the chain in an open letter boasting more than 180 signatures.

“There are a multitude of reasons to oppose Chick-fil-A: its anti-LGBTQ+ activism, reliance on animal agriculture, and lack of accommodations for students with special dietary needs, to name a few. Bringing Chick-fil-A to campus would run contrary to Notre Dame’s commitment to inclusion and desire to create good in the world,” the letter read.

Although the Georgia-based company narrowed its list of charity donations to exclude anti-LGBTQ organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2019, owner Dan Cathy has not. According to The Daily Beast, he helped bankroll the National Christian Charitable Foundation fight against the Equality Act, which aims to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination at a federal level.

Well, even if Graham’s Great Chik-fil-A war is waged, at least we know the soldiers will be very polite and they won’t have to fight on Sundays.

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Lindsey Graham Willing to 'Go to War for Chick-fil-A's Principles'

Advocate.com 14 July, 2021 - 06:20pm

Lindsey Graham Willing to 'Go to War for Chick-fil-A's Principles'

The Republican senator is outraged because some Notre Dame students and staff don't want one of the homophobe-run company's restaurants on campus.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who spent much of the last four years defending Donald Trump, has taken up a new cause now that Trump’s out of office: defending Chick-fil-A.

The Republican politician has sent a series of outraged tweets because some students and staff at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana don’t want a Chick-fil-A located on campus. They object to the restaurant chain’s donations, through its foundation, to anti-LGBTQ+ groups as well as to the personal donations to such groups by its CEO, Dan Cathy.

“Even though Chick-fil-A has halted the worst of its donations, patronizing Chick-fil-A means lining Cathy’s pockets,” students Tilly Keeven-Glascock and Joey Jegier wrote in a letter published June 28 in The Observer, a Notre Dame student newspaper. They also noted that a fried chicken restaurant wouldn’t add to the diversity of campus dining options or serve the needs of vegetarians and vegans.

They encouraged readers to sign their open letter opposing Chick-fil-A, which is among several restaurants Notre Dame Campus Dining is considering. About 180 people have signed so far, Fox News reported in a post reflecting its own outrage against those who don’t like Chick-fil-A.

Graham shared the Fox News story on Twitter Wednesday and commented, “I want everyone in South Carolina and across America to know I have Chick fil-A’s back. I hope we don’t have to, but I will go to war for the principles Chick fil-A stands for.”

That led to some stinging replies, such as “In which we learn that Lindsey’s hill to die on is a fast food restaurant” and “As if there's not enough falling apart in SC, you have to get your panties in a wad over chicken sandwiches in Indiana.” Others have pointed out that Notre Dame is a private enterprise, free to choose to do business with any company — or not.

Several other college campuses and public entities have barred Chick-fil-A from their spaces, such as Rider University in New Jersey and airport management authorities in Texas and upstate New York. When the San Antonio City Council in March 2019 rejected a Chick-fil-A for that city’s airport, conservative Texas legislators were so incensed they passed what became known as the “Save Chick-fil-A Bill,” preventing the state or its cities and counties from “punishing” individuals or businesses because of their membership in or donations to religious organizations, including anti-LGBTQ+ ones. Gov. Greg Abbott signed it into law that June, too late to save the San Antonio airport location but protecting the chain elsewhere in the state. Now, with rest areas on the New York State Thruway being remodeled, some Empire State lawmakers want Chick-fil-A out. Graham apparently hasn’t heard about that.

Also, it’s not clear that Chick-fil-A has stopped “the worst of its donations.” In 2019 an executive gave an interview saying no donations were currently going to anti-LGBTQ+ groups, then said, “No organization will be excluded from future consideration.”

Lindsey Graham Would Die for Chick-fil-A

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This newfound zeal comes in response to a bunch of Notre Dame students who object to a Chick-fil-A on campus over the fact that the chain’s founder, Dan Cathy, is an outspoken anti-LGBTQ bigot who funds “hate groups” like like the National Christian Charitable Foundation, a move that is admittedly odd coming from a group of students who go to a Catholic college seeing as the Catholic church is also a big “no” on gay marriage. But Lindsey Graham, a person whose authority lies in his South Carolina senatorship and thus has literally no horse in the battle over which fried chicken college students in Indiana eat, says this means war!

Although a final scenario is likely possible: A recent survey just revealed that Chick-fil-A is winning in the polls, taking its place as the most popular fast-food chain in America. If the past is any indicator, should those numbers fall, Lindsey will start polishing his pistol in anticipation of opening fire on behalf of Shake Shack.

Okay, bargain bin Leslie Jordan, you know this isn’t true. Their chicken is soft and rubbery and a sponge of grease, putting it on par with the 7-11 chicken fingers that have been on those oily rollers since the Carter administration.

For someone who probably dines at Morton’s and the Capitol Grille on the regular, you’re in no position to eat this chicken “product” let alone compliment it to score political points with your base who doesn’t know any better.

Spare us the "man of the people" routine.

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