Liberal Boycotts Have Incredible Track-Record of Crashing and Burning; In-N-Out Is No Exception


Boycotts are always a tricky ordeal.

More often than not, it often feels like screaming into a void.

Take, for example, the #BoycottNFL movement. Whether it’s concerns over CTE, Colin Kaepernick’s alleged “blackballing,” anger over national anthem protests or general apathy, the beleaguered NFL has seen a genuine decline in viewership in the last few years.

The flip side to that, of course, is that the league is still the reigning and undisputed king of television ratings. Frankly, it’s not even close. The majority of the most-watched television events last year were all NFL games.

But at least it’s something. Whether you’re on the far-left, far-right or somewhere in-between, the joint boycott of the NFL has at least put a tangible dent, no matter how small, in the most popular sport in America.

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That being said, the NFL boycott has still been primarily spearheaded by a conservative tone. President Donald Trump’s attacks on the NFL attest to this.

So what happens when a boycott is spearheaded by a liberal tone?

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The track record is spotty, at best.

The latest liberally focused boycott involves the fast food chain In-N-Out Burger.

Because In-N-Out had the unmitigated gall to donate to the Republican party, far-left Democrats have begun pushing the hashtag #boycottINnOUTburger.

Anecdotally, at least, it has not been working out.

As conservative pundit Jacob Wohl points out, the failure of the In-N-Out boycott is not exactly a blip.

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Liberals routinely attack Chick-fil-A due to the company’s strong Christian roots. One of the more noted attempts at a Chick-fil-A boycott occurred in 2012 when the company president made public comments opposing gay marriage.

“While we don’t release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day (in terms of sales),” executive vice president of marketing Steve Robinson said when the controversy first erupted, according to Reuters.

So that’s 0-for-2 when it comes to boycotts of eating establishments. Surely they can do better in the entertainment industry, where the the far-left has such extensive reach.

Not so much.

Remember that the far-left decried the movie “American Sniper” for a litany of reasons. Some believed it was war propaganda, while others simply didn’t like the American, Chris Kyle, who is the titular sniper.

“American Sniper” only went on to garner six Oscar nominations en route to a whopping domestic total gross of over $350 million. Not bad for a movie whose production budget was $58 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

Considering the counter-productive galvanization these liberal boycotts tend to produce, it’s certainly fair to wonder what good their attacks on Trump will do.

If past history is anything to go by, we may as well get ready for Trump’s second presidential term in 2020.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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