Donald Trump Says Anheuser-Busch Deserves ‘Second Chance’

Former President Donald Trump is the latest conservative urging followers to dial back their opposition to Anheuser-Busch and their products.

The company, which owns and distributes dozens of alcoholic beverage brands, caught flack from conservatives last summer when it partnered with the popular transgender social media influencer Dylan Mulvaney to promote its Bud Light products. Despite the partnership amounting to one short TikTok video in which the company provided the creator with one custom can of the product, it generated widespread antipathy among conservatives amid the Republican Party’s heightening of its opposition to pro-LGBTQ+ policies.

Many online conservatives reacting to the news called for a boycott of the light beer brand and the broader Anheuser-Busch company, while others went so far as to call in threats to the company’s locations. Critics, meanwhile, dismissed the reaction as, at worst, bigoted and, at best, overblown given the brief nature of the partnership.

In recent months, some conservative figures, like musician Kid Rock, have suggested to their followers that they back down on their opposition to Anheuser-Busch, which was noted to be a prominent donor to the Republican Party. In a Tuesday post to Truth Social, Trump became one of the most prominent voices on the right to do this, calling Anheuser-Busch a “Great American Brand” while not specifically mentioning Bud Light.

“Anheuser-Busch is a Great American Brand that perhaps deserves a Second Chance?” Trump wrote. “What do you think? Perhaps, instead, we should be going after those companies that are looking to DESTROY AMERICA!”

Newsweek reached out to Anheuser-Busch via email on Tuesday for comment.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

The headquarters of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. is seen June 26, 2008, in St. Louis, Missouri. Donald Trump suggested that the company deserves as “second chance.”

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