The CEO of Muy!, a company that establishes franchises for Wendy's, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, has donated over $400,000 dollars to President Donald Trump's reelection campaign since 2018. When word of the donations got out, #WendysIsOverParty began trending on Twitter.
Business Insider reports James Bondenstedt, the CEO of Muy!, has donated a total of $440,000 to Trump reelection efforts. Most recently, a donation of $200,000 was given to the Trump Victory PAC in March. A story that included information on these donations published on Ucomm Blog, an independent media outlet, is what has been making the rounds online.
The story's headline, "Fast Food CEO Donates 400K to Trump," caught the attention of many Wendy's fans, although that headline alone does not explain the full situation. In the full story, it clarifies that James Bodenstedt is the CEO of a company that owns specific Wendy's franchises, not the CEO of Wendy's as a whole. Todd Penegor is the acting CEO of Wendy's. You can see which Wendy's, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut locations operate under Muy! online here.
Other fast food CEOs have donated to Donald Trump, and it is believed that may be their way of ensuring clout with the President in continuing discussions he's holding surrounding the restaurant industry's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic (Bodenstedt is set to be part of these roundtable talks). The CEO of Landry's, the company that owns Bubba Gump and Joe's Crab Shack, donated $35,000 to the Trump Victory PAC in February. He is also participating in the roundtable discussions, Business Insider reported.
Although the original viral tweet using a screenshot of the Ucomm Blog story has thousands of retweets, the hashtag #WendysIsOverParty is also being flooded with Twitter users explaining that James Bodenstedt is only in charge of a number of Wendy's locations. Still, many are saying they will no longer support the fast food chain.
Wendy's and Muy! both did not immediately return a request for comment.
#WendysIsOverParty— Tyranthin (@Warhead42) June 2, 2020
Muy! Companies is a franchise owner of some @Wendys @tacobell and @pizzahut restaurants but doesn't own them all.
If you're going to boycott, don't boycott the brands, boycott these franchise locations:https://t.co/gF5JeQ0WNs
I had to look into this because I can’t cancel spicy nugs unless it’s for sure. The CEO of @Wendys , Penegor, did not donate to Trump—it was Bodenstedt, the CEO of “MUY!”, a company that operates many Wendy’s locations. #CertainWendysLocationsAreOverParty https://t.co/2LPtX2k0mc— Whitten (@cerealgods) June 2, 2020
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