Accuracy in Media

KFC recently used a tweet from President Trump to humorously promote its own brand, but not everyone thought the joke was all that funny. 

On Jan. 3, the KFC account for the United Kingdom tweeted, “McDonald’s leader Ronald just stated he has a ‘burger on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his big shoed, red nosed regime inform him that I too have a burger on my desk, but mine is a box meal which is bigger and more powerful than his, and mine has gravy! #nuclearbutton.”  https://twitter.com/KFC_UKI/status/948525809840656385

The tweet, of course, came after Trump issued a tweet noting that “North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/948355557022420992

Like with Trump’s tweet, liberals on Twitter had a meltdown over KFC showing a sense of humor. 

One user called the fast food chain “idiots” and warned that “there will no US left.”  https://twitter.com/MrBrendanJay/status/948682659726876672

Another user warned the brand that it was “actually legitimizing the ramblings of a mad man.” 

https://twitter.com/JulianConway/status/952113663493554176

Yet another individual took to Twitter, saying, “a nuclear exchange causing the loss of literally millions of lives is not a joking matter … or a moral way to sell hamburgers.” 

https://twitter.com/bobwatkins/status/948977796357021697

Despite the inevitable backlash to the tweet, there is something to be said about a corporation bucking the trend of corporate liberalism and showing that it can be politically incorrect and that it doesn’t care if people get upset because of it. 

In fact, KFC’s parent company, YUM! Brands, doesn’t let liberal political correctness infiltrate its political campaign donations either.  According to OpenSecrets.org, YUM! Brands gave money mostly to Republican candidates during the 2016 election cycle, including to then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The website shows that YUM! gave a total of $2,021 to House Democratic candidates in 2016. It gave $7,172 to Senate Democratic candidates or candidates who caucus with Democrats during the same year, most of which ($7,072) went to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) 

KFC donated cash to the presidential campaigns for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson ($500), Ben Carson ($750), Donald Trump ($1,702) and Jeb Bush ($2,700). But the bulk of YUM! Brands’ 2016 campaign donations ($15,471) went to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 





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