The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has become an unlikely target of conservative anger after it was discovered that the company hired an executive to oversee its diversity, equity and inclusion policies.
The company joins a growing list of organizations that have become targets for conservative influencers and media figures for so-called “woke” marketing. But the outrage against Chick-fil-A is notable since the company is historically known for its conservative leanings.
One of those conservatives speaking out against the chain is former Arkansas Governor and devout evangelical Christian Mike Huckabee, who recently told Family Research Council president Tony Perkins that Chick-fil-A has “bought into the lie.”
“…they have injected themselves into the diversity, equity, and inclusion model,” Huckabee said. “They’ve hired someone to be their vice president of DEI.”
“And when a company does that, what they basically are saying is — ‘We want to be able to sit at the cool kids’ table. We don’t want to be over there by ourselves anymore. We don’t want people to make fun of us or point their fingers at us.’ I don’t know who it is they listen to, but it’s tragic,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee went on to say that rather than thanking the Christian community for all its support over the years, the company simply said it’s moving on.
“I’ll be honest. One of the big regrets of my life was taking such a public stand for them in 2012, helping to turn the tide that was really about to go against them in a very significant way. It makes it much easier to go to Popeye’s,” Huckabee said.