Democratic presidential candidate and Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that while he likes the food at Chick-fil-A, he does not approve of the socially conservative politics that guide the popular chicken chain.
“I do not approve of their politics, but I kind of approve of their chicken,” Mr. Buttigieg said on the popular New York radio show “The Breakfast Club.”
“Maybe, if nothing else, I can build that bridge. Maybe I’ll become in a position to broker that peace deal,” the South Bend mayor said, the Washington Examiner reported.
Mr. Buttigieg, who unsuccessfully ran for the DNC chairmanship in 2017, would be the country’s first openly gay president if he won the 2020 election against President Trump.
His comments come several days after the left-wing ThinkProgress released a report saying the Chick-fil-A Foundation donated $1.8 million in 2017 to Christian and socially conservative groups with an alleged history of anti-LGBTQ bias.
The report renewed criticism of the fast-food chain that first started in 2012 after CEO Dan Cathy, a conservative Christian, revealed his disapproval of gay marriage. His comments and Chick-fil-A’s history of donating to socially conservative organizations sparked nationwide calls for a boycott, which only seemed to bolster the company’s success.
The chicken chain is currently on track to become the third-largest fast-food chain in the United States.