A lot of rich corporations have sadly donated to Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and many of them are restaurants that we eat often. The latest figure to do so is a franchisee (Muy! Companies) that is the head of Wendy’s, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, according to Business Insider.
This $440,000 donation was reportedly made in May prior to a round table discussion. This was between White House members and various members of the restaurant industry as they discussed coronavirus relief.
Muy! Companies was also reportedly the first fast-food franchise operator to have these discussions with Trump. $440,000 went to Trump’s reelection campaign and $200,000 went to the Trump Victory PAC in March.
Trump also supported Wendy’s in 2019 when Clemson University’s national championship team visited the White House. Wendy’s burgers were served along with McDonald’s and Burger King.
“The Clemson national championship team will be coming tonight. It will be exciting. Very great team. Unbelievable team. I think we’re going to serve McDonalds, Wendys, and Burger King…some pizza. I really mean it. Their favorite food. So we’ll see what happens”
Panera CEO Niren Chaudhary and Jose Cil, the CEO of Burger King and Popeyes’ parent company, Restaurant Brands International; were among the other representatives at the round table discussion. Tilman Fertitta, CEO of Landry’s — which owns restaurant chains such as Bubba Gump, Del Frisco’s, and Joe’s Crab Shack, also donated $35,000 to the Trump Victory PAC in February. Business Insider’s Eliza Relman also reported that in April, Trump gave execs who are “friendly” to his presidency a platform at coronavirus press briefings.
Trump also supported Wendy’s further early last month after reports of beef shortages at their restaurants. He said that he had to call Nelson Peltz, the investor and director of Wendy’s restaurants. Trump was confident that when he had a discussion with Peltz, everything at Wendy’s would be okay after the shortages.
“I’ll have to call Nelson Peltz,” Trump said. “I’ll have to — I’m going to call Nelson Peltz. He’s going to be — they’re going to be OK. They’ll be all right.”
As far as Trump goes now, he has done a horrible job of handling the coronavirus pandemic as he ignored early signs of it, called it a hoax by Democrats in February, and even fired the pandemic team back in 2018. He’s also done a horrible job of not supporting protests over the past week that have been in support of unarmed black man, George Floyd, after he was killed by former Minneapolis PD Officer, Derek Chauvin, and two others. Trump reportedly hid in a bunker as the White House turned dark amid protests in Washington, D.C.