It is quite unlikely that Republican leaders are unaware of the controversy surrounding Bud Light and its embrace of transgender ideology. After all, the company lost at least $5 billion in value after recent revelations of its partnership with activist Dylan Mulvaney.
So questions were bound to arise when the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting featured Bud Light and its partner brands being distributed.
Photos show the disgraced brew proudly being served to the GOP’s leadership.
According to RedState, the outlet confirmed with multiple sources that Bud Light was indeed available at the group’s hotel, though it is unclear if the brand was specifically requested.
🚨BREAKING: Insider just sent me photos of Bud Light proudly being served at the RNC Spring Meeting
Bud Light is facing a massive, successful nationwide conservative boycott for featuring Anti-Woman Activist Dylan Mulvaney in an ad
RNC remains oblivious & spiteful to their base pic.twitter.com/YVpGzUVHLE
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) April 26, 2023
Before the gathering, RNC National Committeeman Tyler Bowyer of Arizona issued a prophetic warning. He is also the Chief Operating Officer for Turning Point USA.
He plainly stated that “I better not catch anyone drinking that beer here!” But from the photos that emerged, there were instances of people being in a position to be caught.
Bud Light has been pummeled since its regrettable decision to partner with TikTok Star Mulvaney. Industry data showed the brand suffered a steep decline in the first two weeks of April in barrooms across the country.
BeerBoard, which collects information from Buffalo Wild Wings, TGI Fridays and Hooters, provided a glimpse into the company’s self-inflicted woes. Servers in almost 3,000 locations across the U.S. reported a 6% decline in tap pours of Bud Light compared to other light beers.
This came on the heels of the brand soaring past its competition by 15% in the two weeks before the corporate crisis.
Still more reports from NielsenIQ and Bump Williams Consulting showed Bud Light falling off 21% in sales in the week ending April 15. That followed an 11% plunge the previous week.
The Wall Street Journal reported last weekend that the two Anheuser-Busch executives who coordinated the company’s commemoration with Mulvaney were placed on involuntary leave. The brewer’s public response, however, has been rather tepid.
CEO Brendan Whitworth issued a broad statement on April 14 that did not specifically address the current controversy. He declared that “we never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people. We are in the business of bringing people together over a beer.”