#WendysIsOverParty trends after franchisee donates $400k to Trump, Twitter calls for boycott of 'piece of sh*t' chain
Hundreds of people have called out James Bodenstedt, a franchisee whose company operates several Wendy's, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut outlets across the US
The George Floyd protests have stirred outrage all across the United States and with the elections barely months away, President Donald Trump is relying heavily on big business CEOs to bail him out. In a recently released report, the names of several CEOs popped up, of which MUY Company CEO James Bodenstedt's was one.
Bodenstedt is a franchisee whose company operates several Wendys, Taco Bells, and Pizza Huts across the US. Since early 2018, Bodenstedt has reportedly donated over $440,000 to Trump, including $200,000 to the Trump Victory PAC on March 12, just days before states began shutting down in-person dining, claims a Business Insider report in May.
After Trump's inaction, shutting the White House lights off and distasteful remarks about the Secret Service prepared with "most vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons" for the protesters, the internet traced Bodenstedt's name and has threatened to boycott the fast-food joint.
Hundreds of people have called Bodenstedt's out, saying that they would never eat another Wendy's burger again. "Well s**t. Turns out @Wendys supports #DictatorTrump. Shame I can never eat there again, I really enjoyed some of their stuff. In other words: @Wendys supports a man who supports turning the military on us and systemic racism," one said and another wrote, "The way I'm feeling when I found out the CEO from @Wendys donated to Trump campaign #BoycottWendys #WendysIsOverParty."
One disappointed Twitter user said, "Wendys... how can u respect a square burger over people." Another wrote, "Me when I see #wendys donated 400k to Trump so now my broke a** can’t get 4 for 4s no more." Another said, "Me reading that Wendys donated 400,000$ to DT campaign so I now have to cancel them."
One angry fan went on to post, "F**k Wendy's and the chicken nuggets made from horse c**k," and another said, "Wendys is f****ng canceled b***h. F**k your fofofo." Another said, "I’ve boycotted Wendy’s for the piece of s**t company that it is due to the mistreatment of farmworkers and y’all now canceling them over their owner donating to Trump's campaign???... I guess a dub is a dub...f**k Wendy’s!!! #WendysIsOverParty."
Thanking the outlets, one said, "Thank you Wendy’s, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. I will now be skinnier and healthier because I don’t have to eat yo fake Mexican food and cold fries and I don’t even eat Pizza Hut anyways #BlackLivesMattter #WendysIsOverParty." One, however, highlighted that three other CEOs donated to Trump. "If you weren't aware the fast-food CEO of these THREE companies donated $400k to TRUMP, make sure to cancel all THREE NOT JUST WENDYS."
Reportedly, Tilman Fertitta, the billionaire CEO of Landry's — which owns restaurant brands such as Bubba Gump, Del Frisco's and Joe's Crab Shack — donated $35,000 to the Trump Victory PAC in February. Jose Cil, the CEO of Burger King and Popeyes' parent company, Restaurant Brands International; and Panera CEO Niren Chaudhary also met with Trump, according to a report by UComm.
While several people are slamming "the CEO" online, Todd Penegor is the CEO of The Wendy's Company, not James Bodenstedt. He is the owner of MUY! Brands, an operator of franchised restaurants, including Wendy's and the Yum! Brands of Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut.
This story has been updated