Mike Huckabee said Thursday that the success of "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" went beyond "anything I could have imagined," saying stores across the country reported "record, historic sales."
The former Arkansas governor and Fox News host was reacting after customers flocked to hundreds of local franchises Wednesday following a call by Huckabee for patrons to show their support. The call came after CEO Dan Cathy came under fire in some circles for his opposition to same-sex marriage.
Huckabee said the call for an "Appreciation Day" was in response to what he described as "economic bullying" by people trying to put Cathy "out of business."
"It was just getting out of hand," Huckabee said.
The protests against Cathy included local mayors threatening to keep the restaurant out of their city.
But on Wednesday, stores were packed and lines poured into the streets.
"It's gone beyond anything I could have imagined," Huckabee told Fox News. "Every one of (the stores) that I know have reported record, historic sales yesterday. ... A lot of the stores ran out of chicken before the end of the day."
Pastor Rick Warren also tweeted that Cathy called him and told him the company set a world record Wednesday.