Top California Dem backs off calls for boycott of In-N-Out Burger

California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman walked back calls Monday for a boycott of the burger chain In-N-Out over the fast food chain’s donations to the state’s Republican Party.

Bauman had started the talk with a tweet that included the hash tag #BoycottInNOut. But he told The Sacramento Bee that that hadn’t really been his intention. The burger chain was also quick to point out it had donated to Democratic groups in the past as well.

“There is no boycott. I put one tweet out at 10:30 at night and it turned into a whole thing,” Bauman said. “We’ve raised so much money in small donations as a result of that one tweet and so many people have engaged with that tweet, almost a million people, so it’s amazing how it became this big boycott.”

The state party’s communications director also said the boycott was never official policy.

“Chair Bauman’s personal tweet reflects his belief that he shouldn’t support companies that support the Trump agenda,” John Vigna said in a statement to The Sacramento Bee.

In his earlier tweet, Bauman linked In-N-Out to the Trump administration and seemed to clearly call for a boycott.

“Et tu In-N-Out? 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!”

However, Bauman said he wouldn’t even be personally boycotting the popular restaurant in his remarks to the Bee.

“I’m gonna buy my staff In-N-Out burgers to celebrate our victory,” he said, referring to the amount of small donations received by the Democratic Party since the controversy began.

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