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Sen. Lindsey Graham said he’d go to ‘war’ for Chick-fil-A. Here’s what happened next

Chick-fil-A has been approved for Notre Dame. Here’s what we know

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Thursday, June 17, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Graham has been outspoken in his support for Chick-fil-A.
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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, recently declared a “war” for Chick-fil-A — a war which was won shortly after it was declared.

What happened with Lindsey Graham and Chick-fil-A?

Graham declared a “big win” last week after the University of Notre Dame said it would allow an on-campus Chick-fil-A restaurant to be built despite some pushback from students, according to The Hill. He had previously said he would “go to war” for the chicken restaurant.

  • “Big win! Great to hear Chick-fil-A is coming to Notre Dame. Well done to all the patriots at Notre Dame who stood up for Chick-fil-A and against Cancel Culture. Hope New York will follow your lead,” Graham tweeted.
  • Graham’s tweet was a reference to some New York state lawmakers who want to keep Chick-fil-A out of state rest stops, according to The Hill.

Did Notre Dame ban Chick-fil-A?

Notre Dame issued a statement that announced it would allow Chick-fil-A to have an on-campus location after students and faculty wrote letters that opposed the restaurant chain, according to The Hill.

  • “Notre Dame has examined the concerns surrounding Chick-fil-A’s charitable giving, discussed them with company representatives, campus partners and students and believes that Chick-fil-A has responded to these issues in a satisfactory manner,” the school said in a statement, according to WNDU.
  • “Our students have overwhelmingly expressed a desire to have a Chick-fil-A restaurant on campus, and we look forward to opening one early next year,” the school said.

Why did Notre Dame students oppose Chick-fil-A?

Students and faculty wrote a letter to the editor in The Observer that said Chick-fil-A's values contradicted Notre Dame’s values.

  • “Our first concern relates to Chick-fil-A’s longstanding antagonism toward the LGBTQ+ community,” the letter said. “Over the past two decades, Chick-fil-A has donated significant sums to groups that oppose LGBTQ+ rights.”

When will Notre Dame add Chick-fil-A?

Per FOX59, the Chick-fil-A is a part of Notre Dame’s new campus dining plan. Construction will begin in August.