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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for a boycott of popular restaurant chain Chick-fil-A, presumably for its founder, Dan Cathy’s, past public statements supporting traditional marriage.
“What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong,” the mayor said at a press conference, the New York Daily News reported.
De Blasio conceded that, of course, the restaurant does “have a legal right” to exist but he won’t be giving it any business.
“I’m certainly not going to patronize them and I wouldn’t urge any other New Yorkers to patronize them,” he said as a new location is set to open in the Queens Center Mall this fall.
Rather than being happy a new business is opening in his city and creating jobs de Blasio cannot fathom a business existing whose ownership doesn’t agree with him on gay marriage.
Although there is no obvious record of de Blasio criticizing any Muslim owned businesses whose proprietors feel the same way.
And, as the Daily Caller reported, de Blasio ought to be thrilled the business is opening in his city which is seeing significant job loss recently.
According to the Caller, 21 New York City businesses have announced layoffs, or have closed altogether, over the past four weeks.
But perhaps de Blasio righteous indignation at the chicken franchise has less to do with its owner’s beliefs and more to do with his need for a distraction.
The mayor finds himself in the midst of an increasingly contentious scandal regarding how he obtained campaign donations.
Calling for a boycott of a restaurant might be just the diversion the de Blasio thinks he needs.
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