Mike Pence visits In-N-Out Burger in California after chain opposes vaccine mandate
Pence stopped by an In-N-Out location after the company spoke out against government mandates
Mike Pence was in California on Thursday – and took some time out for a bite to eat.
The former vice president just so happened to choose an In-N-Out Burger location – just days after the chain announced on Twitter that it opposed a San Francisco mandate requiring that it ask its customers about their vaccination status.
In-N-Out Burger said its restaurants in the city were temporarily closed because the company did not wish to comply.
"We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government," In-N-Out wrote in a statement.
TWITTER ERUPTS WITH SUPPORT FOR IN-N-OUT AFTER COMPANY REFUSES TO ENFORCE VACCINE MANDATE: ‘#DONOTCOMPLY’
The company’s stand attracted a torrent of support on social media this week – including a post of support from Pence, who retweeted a news story about the chain’s dispute in San Francisco. Many of the posts included the hashtag #DoNotComply.
Hours later, Pence posted another show of support for In-N-Out by stopping by for a meal.
"In California and had to stop at In-N-Out Burger!" Pence wrote on Twitter. The post included three photos: one showing Pence outside the restaurant with his order of a burger, fries and a drink, one showing him receiving his order from an In-N-Out employee inside the restaurant, and a third photo showing Pence with a group of young adults.
It wasn’t the first time Pence took a stand in support of the nation’s restaurants, which have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic over the past two years.
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In May 2020, Pence and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Beth’s Burger Bar in Orlando, Florida, to help draw attention to that state’s restaurants reopening for limited in-person service at the time, Orlando Weekly reported.
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this story.