Bud Light is facing widespread boycotts over its partnership with transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney. However, Donald Trump Jr. and a powerful GOP committee have come under fire for their apparent attempts to quell the boycotts of the beer.
Trump Jr. recently called for an end to the boycotts, citing how Bud Light’s parent company, Anheuser-Busch, has a history of donating to Republicans. Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) deleted a tweet and fundraising page where people could donate money and receive a drink koozie, according to reports.
“The GOP establishment is circling the wagons around Anheuser Busch. These people don’t have any interest in pushing back against corporate wokeism or transgenderism,” said The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh in response to the report. “This is grassroots conservatism vs the establishment, as always.”
Anheuser-Busch is a sizable donor to the NRCC, giving the group nearly $465,000 in just the 2022 election cycle. Critics are now lambasting the GOP for removing the fundraising pages, describing the NRCC as being hypocritical and “gutless.”
Boycotts of Bud Light broke out earlier this month after Mulvaney was sent a special pack of Bud Light with her face on the can as part of an ad for the company’s March Madness contest and to celebrate a year since she transitioned.
Trump Jr. defended Anheuser-Busch on his podcast last week, calling for an end to the boycott while citing the company is “iconic” and that it has a history of donations to Republican candidates.
However, Trump Jr. came under fire from some conservative critics on social media, with many calling for the boycott to continue.
Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth broke his silence on the controversy over the boycott last week, saying that the company “never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people.”