Sen. James Inhofe’s (R., Okla.) staff munched on Chick-fil-A for lunch on Friday, per the senator’s Facebook page.
The lunch, according to the post, was “not purchased at taxpayer expense.”
“Chick-fil-A is deliciously good food. Those golden brown chicken nuggets and the rest of their menu options are nearly irresistible,” Inhofe communications director Jared Young told the Washington Free Beacon.
Lawmakers in Chicago and Boston initially threatened to withhold zoning permits from the company in response to Cathy’s comments.
Conservatives and other First Amendment advocates have rallied in defense of Chick-fil-A. Even New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, a gay-rights advocate known for his penchant for bans, said it was “not government’s job” to discriminate against companies because of their chief executives’ beliefs.
Inhofe was joined in pro-Chick-fil-A solidarity by viral video star and American icon Antoine Dodson, who posted a video Thursday expressing his fondness for the restaurant’s food.
“I don’t care about one person’s, you know, opinion or how they feel. That’s the way they feel. That’s fine,” Dodson said. “Chick-fil-A makes good meals, and I eat there, you know what I’m saying?”
“If I want to have a Chick-fil-A sandwich – guess what? I’m going to have a Chick-fil-A sandwich,” he added, noting that the restaurants famous waffle fries “is bangin’, especially if they hot.”
In related news, the head of the Chick-fil-A public relations department died of a heart attack Friday.