Leftists Erupt on Wendy's After Learning Major Franchisee Is Pro-Trump


A fast-food chain is receiving backlash on social media after it was reported that its franchise CEO had donated to President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

James Bodenstedt is the CEO of Muy! Companies, the company that franchises hundreds of Wendy’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell locations.

Business Insider reported in May that Bodenstedt had donated over $440,000 to Trump’s re-election campaign before a White House meeting about coronavirus relief efforts.

Bodenstedt was also reportedly the first franchise operator to participate in discussions with the White House.

Following the announcement of Bodenstedt’s donations, the hashtag “WendysIsOverParty” began trending on Twitter.

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“Looks like @Wendys supports #DictatorTrump,” journalist David Leavitt tweeted.

“Shame I can never eat there again, I really enjoyed the 4 for $4.”

Another Twitter user wrote, “wendy’s, taco bell, & pizza hut. i guess i’m just not eating anymore since everyone racist #WendysIsOverParty.”

As of Tuesday morning, there were over 18,000 tweets including the hashtag, Fox News reported.

Trump has made comments in the past that make it seem he is a strong supporter of the fast-food chain.

In a 2016 interview, he told reporters that Wendy’s food is “good,” The New York Times reported.

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“I’m a very clean person. I like cleanliness, and I think you’re better off going there than maybe someplace that you have no idea where the food’s coming from. It’s a certain standard,” he said.

Trump also served Wendy’s when the Clemson University football team came to visit the White House in 2019 after winning the national championship.

“The Clemson national championship team will be coming tonight,” Trump told reporters ahead of the visit. “I think we’re going to serve McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, some pizza.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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