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'The PC police have gone too far': Marco Rubio takes on Chick-fil-A controversy after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologizes for posting about eating at the chain during Pride Month

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Marco Rubio is voicing his support for Chick-fil-A. Win McNamee/Getty Images


Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is entering the latest Chick-fil-A controversy.

Last weekend, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was criticized after posting a screenshot of a Chick-fil-A order to Twitter. Facing backlash for posting about eating at the fast-food chain during Pride Month, Dorsey said he “completely forgot” about the company’s background and its executives’ history of opposition to gay marriage.

This apology rubbed many on the right the wrong way.

“This lunacy has gone too far,” Rubio tweeted on Monday.

Rubio said in a follow-up tweet: Chick-fil-A “isn’t denying service to anyone. But if you eat there you must be attacked by the twitter mob b/c owner agrees with what his church teaches about marriage.”

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In 2012, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy sparked controversy when he told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged” for backing “the biblical definition of the family unit.” Reports soon emerged detailing Chick-fil-A’s many charitable donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations.

Since 2012, Chick-fil-A has halted donations to nearly all organizations that have been criticized as anti-LGBTQ. The company has purposefully moved away from politics, asking franchisees in 2017 to avoid making public political statements.

“There are several candidates who would like to use us as a platform,” David Farmer, Chick-fil-A’s vice president of menu strategy and development, told Business Insider in 2016. “We are not engaging. Chick-fil-A is about food, and that’s it.”

On Wednesday, Rubio waded further into the latest Chick-fil-A controversy, sending out an email to supporters saying that he is “standing by Chick-fil-A,” CNN’s David Wright reported.

“This time, the PC police have gone too far,” the email reads. “A few days ago, the CEO of Twitter was bullied into apologizing for patronizing Chick-fil-A because owners support ‘biblical definition of marriage.'”

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Chick-fil-A did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on Rubio “standing by” the chain.

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