Out of nowhere, presumptive GOP presidential nominee and former President Donald Trump posted a Truth Social message Tuesday that raised eyebrows among conservatives who had long pushed for Bud Light to continue feeling the pain from their ill-advised association with transgender activist/entertainer Dylan Mulvaney.
Here’s what he wrote:
The Bud Light ad was a mistake of epic proportions, and for that a very big price was paid, but Anheuser-Busch is not a Woke company, but I can give you plenty that are, am building a list, and might just release it for the World to see. Why not, the Radical Left does it viciously to well run, Conservative companies – and people! Very nasty, but it’s the way they play the game! On the other hand, Anheuser-Busch spends $700 Million a year with our GREAT Farmers, employ 65 thousand Americans, of which 1,500 are Veterans, and is a Founding Corporate Partner of Folds of Honor, which provides Scholarships for families of fallen Servicemen & Women. They’ve raised over $30,000,000 and given 44,000 Scholarships. Anheuser-Busch is a Great American Brand that perhaps deserves a Second Chance? What do you think? Perhaps, instead, we should be going after those companies that are looking to DESTROY AMERICA!
Trump comments on the Bud Light boycott: “Anheuser-Busch is a Great American Brand that perhaps deserves a Second Chance? What do you think? Perhaps, instead, we should be going after those companies that are looking to DESTROY AMERICA!” pic.twitter.com/mRfTnnjTJW
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) February 6, 2024
“It’s time to beat the Radical Left at their own game. Money does talk—Anheuser-Busch now understands that. Great new Book by Wayne Allyn Root. Buy your copy today!” Trump wrote in his post.
In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s call Tuesday for a “second chance” for Bud Light, many of his social media influencers and other supporters fell in line accordingly:
— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) February 7, 2024
How can you not love President Trump? He truly loves the hard-working men and women of America.
I’m buying Bud Light for my Super Bowl party!
What about you? 👇 pic.twitter.com/OjWZDDQ2LV
— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) February 6, 2024
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 7, 2024
It didn’t take long for their prior tweets, when they were singing much different tunes, to be brought back to light, though:
— Prison Mitch (@MidnightMitch) February 7, 2024
Grifters rushing to delete their anti-Bud Light posts now that godfather has spoken and provided absolution.. pic.twitter.com/3dgf6SRVIU
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) February 6, 2024
There’s also the question of if Trump has had a sincere change of heart or if this has anything to do with an upcoming fundraiser:
Trump’s message also comes as a top Republican lobbyist for the company is set to host a fundraiser for the former president next month, with some tickets going at $10,000 each.
Jeff Miller, a close confidant of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy who built his Washington business during the Trump years, announced on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday that he would be hosting the fundraiser. The event is set to feature dozens of members of Congress and Republican leadership, as well as Donald Trump Jr.
The younger Trump has also previously defended Anheuser-Busch, saying in an April podcast that the company donated more to Republicans than Democrats and helped McCarthy’s effort to assume control of the House.
“I’m not, though, for destroying an American, an iconic company for something like this,” he said on Rumble. “Frankly, they don’t participate in the same woke garbage that other people in the beer industry actually do who are significantly worse offenders when I looked into it.”
There was also this:
Lol. Just lmao.
1. Conservatives boycott Bud Light bc of Dylan Mulvaney ad. Anheuser-Busch revenue drops 10%
2. Trump owns ~$5M in Anheuser-Busch stock
3. Trump claims Anheuser-Busch is “not a woke company” and asks voters to give AB a “second chance” pic.twitter.com/V9kBjCDaLz
— John Hasson (@SonofHas) February 6, 2024
Opinions of course vary, but I’m of the mindset that people should draw their own conclusions on these matters after careful research and contemplation rather than obediently ask “How high?” when a politico urges them to jump. Though good cases can be made for stopping the boycott, as my RedState colleague Brandon Morse did an hour before Trump posted his message, I’m sure there are good ones for continuing it as well.
With all of that in mind, let us put the question to Legal Insurrection readers:
Should people continue to boycott Bud Light?
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