Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu of California posted a photo of himself and fellow California Democratic Reps. Mark Takano, Judy Chu, and Adam Schiff standing together with bottles of Bud Light beer.
The beer brand became embroiled in controversy because it enlisted Dylan Mulvaney, a man who identifies as a transgender woman, to advertise its product — the move sparked a groundswell of consumer outrage.
Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth issued a bland statement last week that did not directly address the issue but did say that the company “never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people.” When Bud Light tweeted last week for the first time since April 1, the post was majorly ratioed.
“Worst party ever,” actor Dean Cain tweeted in response to the photo of the lawmakers with Bud Light.
“Barf,” New Mexico state Rep. John Block wrote, adding, “nailing the final nail in the coffin for @budlight trash beer.”
“Telling me you’ve never drank @budlight without saying you never drank @budlight,” former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted.
“This photo is more damaging to the brand than Dylan Mulvaney in the bathtub,” Gerry Callahan tweeted.
“Congratulations Bud Light on completely losing your base,” Caleb Hull tweeted.
“Dylan Mulvaney Democrats,” Byron York of the Washington Examiner tweeted.
Lieu openly admitted that the photo was staged. “Wait, you actually thought there was a possibility that it was totally coincidental that all four of us chose to have Bud Lights, and have them face the camera, and then send the picture out during the middle of a stupid boycott by MAGA Republicans?” he replied to someone who suggested that it had been staged.
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