Olive Garden on Sunday disputed the contents of a viral tweet that alleged the company donated to President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE’s 2020 reelection campaign, sparking calls for a boycott of the Italian restaurant chain.

A tweet Sunday went viral with nearly 50,000 retweets that accused Olive Garden of contributing to Trump’s 2020 campaign, writing: “It would be terrible if you shared this and Olive Garden lost business.”

“We don’t know where this information came from, but it is incorrect,” Olive Garden tweeted in response Sunday night. “Our company does not donate to presidential candidates.”

In another reply to a Twitter user who alleged Olive Garden’s parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., donated to Trump, Olive Garden made clear that “Darden does not donate to federal candidates.”

When reached for comment by The Hill, the Olive Garden reiterated its response from Sunday night's tweet.


It is unclear where the call to boycott Olive Garden originated. A Twitter user posted a list earlier this month of all companies that are supposedly supporting Trump’s reelection campaign, and the Olive Garden was among the firms listed. The tweet garnered nearly 250,000 retweets and more than 550,000 likes.

But The Washington Post debunked the widely shared list, pointing out the contributions are from individuals who likely work for the companies and not the companies themselves.

Twitter trends calling for boycotts have become increasingly popular in recent weeks, most recently when it was reported that Equinox and SoulCycle fitness chains founder Stephen Ross was hosting a fundraiser for Trump at his home in the Hamptons.

Updated at 1:27 p.m.