Chick-fil-A Wants Nothing To Do With Mike Huckabee's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

Chick-fil-A wants nothing to do with Mike Huckabee's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day

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Mike Huckabee's Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day isn't getting much love from Chick-Fil-A, despite the apparent record sales and crowds the day has drawn. 

The former Arkansas governor created the event on his Facebook page, where he wrote that he was "incensed at the vitriolic assaults" made on Chick-fil-A as a result of their stance against gay marriage.

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To fight back, Huckabee said, Americans should swarm Chick-fil-A stores across the country on August 1 to show their support. Many customers seemed to have listened. In Indiana, a Chick-fil-A employee posted a photo of his store's record-breaking sales. In Conway, Arkansas, a store reported record crowds. Dozens of tweets reported lines wrapped around the block.

Nevertheless, Chick-fil-A doesn't seem too willing to embrace the day.

"Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day was not created by Chick-fil-A," Chick-fil-A executive vice president of marketing Steve Robinson said in an statement E-mailed to Whispers about the event. 

In response to requests for information on crowd or sale sizes, the chicken giant said it would not share that information. 

The Chick-fil-A Twitter account also went silent Tuesday, and made no mention of the Huckabee event on the days leading up to it.

If anything, Chick-fil-A seemed to want to avoid furthering the uproar that came after the company's president's comments last month. Dan Cathy confirmed in a radio interview that Chick-fil-A was against gay marriage and said those supporting it were "inviting God's judgment on our nation." 

Meanwhile, Wendy's also appears to have a beef with the day. After a conservative blogger tweeted about a local Wendy's sign recommending Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain wrote back: "An independent franchisee posted the sign, which he's taken down. We proudly serve ALL customers."

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