Graham declares ‘war’ over New York in order to defend Chick-fil-A’s Sunday off

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) expressed strong opposition on Friday to a New York state bill that would enforce Sunday operating hours for certain Chick-fil-A restaurants, stating that he is ready to take a stand against it.

“This is war,” declared the Graham on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

In a follow-up post, he further emphasized his stance and warned of potential consequences. He stated that he would take action to introduce legislation that could potentially withhold federal funds from cities that enforce policies requiring fast food chains, like the one in question, to operate on Sundays.

According to Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the founders of Chick-fil-A made a deliberate choice to close their restaurants on Sundays in line with their religious beliefs. He emphasized that any attempt by the government to overturn this decision goes against the core values of being an American.

“Chick-fil-A is an exceptional company, operating numerous locations and dedicated to providing the public with top-notch products while prioritizing the well-being of their employees,” he emphasized. “New York’s actions are misguided, and we will not let them go unchallenged.”


According to The Associated Press, the proposed New York bill intends to require restaurants in state highway system rest areas to operate seven days a week.

Chick-fil-A is widely recognized for its practice of closing its doors on Sundays. This policy is aimed at granting its employees the opportunity to spend quality time with their families and engage in personal worship, as stated on the chain’s official website.

According to the AP, the bill would not have any impact on the restaurants that are currently in operation.

Instead, future contracts for food concessions at transportation facilities owned by New York state and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be.

State Representative Tony Simone (D) introduced the bill with the aim of providing a wider range of food choices for travelers in the Empire State, as reported by the AP.

Simone made a compelling argument, stating that if one desires to indulge in fried chicken while traveling during the holiday season, Chick-fil-A should consider opening on Sundays.

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