Republicans Divided Over Latest Boycott

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The call for Anheuser-Busch to be boycotted has led to a divide within conservative circles. The calls for a boycott started after the company decided to partner with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney, who has become popular online for documenting her transition.

In a recent episode of his podcast, Donald Trump Jr. angered many conservatives by calling for an end to the boycott of Anheuser-Busch. Trump Jr. is not the only Republican who has pushed back against the backlash that the company has been facing from conservatives.

In his remarks, Trump Jr. claimed that the controversy regarding Mulvaney was not reason enough to boycott an important American company. He further added that Bud Light and its parent company Anheuser-Busch do not engage in many of the left-woke messaging that other companies engage in and that over the years they have funded right-wing campaigns and figures.

Still, others like rap-rock musician Kid Rock and country singer Travis Tritt have denounced Anheuser-Busch, and others have even switched the beer they consume.

Trump’s comments specifically were met with a lot of criticism as many right-wing figures criticized him for not supporting the boycott. Ned Ryun, CEO of the conservative organization American Majority, wrote in a recent tweet that he completely disagrees with Trump Jr. on this issue, which makes him further question “whether he’s right on the trans issue…”

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has also come under fire because of this issue, as they posted a fundraising message which included the message “This Beer Identifies as a Water” and it featured a Bud Light drink.

However, as the Daily Beast pointed out the NRCC received $464,505 from Anheuser-Busch and its employees in 2022.