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Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh discussed Chick fil A appreciation day on his program Wednesday and Thursday and the implications that the large turnouts of customers to Chick fil A food chains all over the country has for the November 6 presidential election:

RUSH: Rahm Emanuel and Thomas Menino, mayors of Chicago and Boston, made this political.  And now the people of this country, I’m gonna tell you, you’re looking at a microcosm of what’s gonna happen on November 6th.  You’re looking at a microcosm of the Tea Party.  You are seeing that great silent majority, or the sleeping giant that our first caller talked about.  We have these commercials we do for FreedomWorks, people want to do more than vote.  They want to get involved.  They want to let everybody know how they feel and in what numbers they exist, and this is the latest opportunity they’ve got, and they are utilizing it.  Literally e-mails out the wazoo today talking about quarter mile long lines.  My cousin Andy in St. Louis sent me a picture of a Chick-fil-A in Des Peres, outside St. Louis, of jammed parking lots, traffic jams, people waiting.  Other stories about Chick-fil-A someplace ran out of breakfast at nine o’clock and immediately started serving lunch. 

RUSH:  I’ll tell you what’s gonna happen on November 6th, Obama’s gonna get Chick-fil-A’d himself.  He’s gonna get Chick-fil-A’d, and, folks, pictures continue to come in, and I’m asking myself, where are the news media satellite trucks today?  Where are all the man-on-the-street news reports of this?  I wonder if your local news will cover this tonight at 5 and 11, amidst all the murders and blood and everything else they cover, government corruption.  Wait, they don’t talk about — never mind.  But I’m just wondering, I mean, this is a major, major event. 


Mr. Limbaugh then goes on to tie the Chick fil A story to the Obamacare contraception mandate on religious institutions: 


RUSH: This is August 1st, folks.  August 1st, 2012.  It is our 24th anniversary here at the EIB Network, 24 years, starting our 25th year today of talking about and celebrating the wonder of America.  Also happening on August 1st, the Chick-fil-A revolution, supporting the right to voice your religious beliefs.  That’s what this is about.  You have two Democrat mayors who essentially said, “Christians aren’t desired in our towns.”  You can strip away, you know, Rahm Emanuel, Chicago values and all that, all this is about is the fact that the head honcho Chick-fil-A is an open Christian.  He’s out of the closet, and Rahm Emanuel said he’s not welcome here, we don’t want people like that, that’s not Chicago.  So Christians are told, don’t come to Chicago, don’t come to Boston.  Well, guess what?  This is how they say, up yours.  This is how they say, in your face. 


RUSH: So on August 1st, the Chick-fil-A revolution supporting the right to voice your religious beliefs and August 1st also the beginning of Obamacare mandating that religious institutions violate their religious beliefs by providing birth control and drugs that facilitate abortion against their religious beliefs.  August 1st, what a profound day in history.

Chick fil A announced on Thursday morning that as a result of customers who went to their restaurants on “Chick fil A Appreciation Day” record sales occurred

 

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