Don Jr. takes on Anheuser-Busch boycott: ‘We do have the tendency of shooting first and aiming second’

Donald Trump Jr.’s latest pitch to conservatives about the boycott of Anheuser-Busch went a long way toward exposing the establishment swamp in Washington, D.C., but perhaps not the way he intended.

Since the Anheuser Busch InBev-owned brand Bud Light announced its sponsorship of the controversial transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, reports have suggested losses of market cap amounting to billions of dollars. That impact has largely been touted as a result of a successful boycott from consumers fed up with woke corporations and on Thursday, Trump Jr. contended “they’ve been warned,” and it was time to give them a break.

Don’t “blame the whole company for the inaction or the stupidity of someone in a marketing campaign that got woke as hell,” the son of former President Donald Trump argued on his podcast “Triggered.”

“We looked into the political giving and lobbying history of Anheuser-Busch. And guess what? They actually support Republicans.”

“Last cycle their employees and their PAC gave about 60 percent to Republicans and 40 percent to Democrats. That’s literally almost unheard of in corporate America,” he continued, “where it’s really easy to go woke, where they do so constantly, where there’s a consequence to actually being a conservative. So 60/40 to the conservative side is kind of a big deal.”

“On the lobbying front, we looked into the bills that Anheuser-Busch was working on,” Trump Jr. explained. “You know what they’re focused on, guys? They’ve focused on taxes and trade things that actually impact their business. They haven’t done any lobbying for like the random pet issues of the day and the nonsense and the BLM crap — I didn’t find that — they focused on the things that affect their job.”

Rattling off Republican names like Ohio Sen. JD Vance and House Speaker California Rep. Kevin McCarthy as recipients of contributions from Anheuser-Busch’s support, the president’s son decried, “I think sometimes we do have the tendency of shooting first and aiming second, not looking into the details.”

However, taking a closer look at the relatively balanced Federal Election Commission filing from Anheuser-Busch Companies LLC Political Action Committee painted a picture less of a 60/40 split between conservatives and liberals and more of a full-hearted endorsement of the permanent Washington establishment class.

Their most recent donations included $60,000 split four ways between the Democratic and Republican House and Senate committees and the list of contributions was a veritable who’s who of incumbent figures like House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), the former garnering $5,000 compared to the $2,500 for the latter.

Reactions to the post opposed Trump Jr.’s suggestion with one stating, “Hey let’s support Bud because they support us 60% of the time. Looking forward to seeing that slogan on TV,” and another saying, “Really Jr. Defending A-B? Is it about campaign contributions? Don’t be a sell out. Sorry, A-B is dead to me.”

As further proof that the boycott was having an impact, on Friday Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth released a non-apology statement attempting to clawback brand support that read in part, “We never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people. We are in the business of bringing people together over a beer.”

Trump Jr. went on to share his opinion, “So they’ve been put on notice. I’m leaving them alone,” and added, “I think you should probably do the same — if they do it again — they’ve been warned.”

It remains to be seen how consumers respond.

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