Florida Governor Ron DeSantis had strong words for Bud Light on Monday evening as the company faces backlash over its decision to partner with controversial transgender-identifying influencer Dylan Mulvaney.
In an interview with political commentator Benny Johnson, DeSantis called out Bud Light for its decision, saying that conservatives should keep the pressure up on the company.
“Why would you want to drink Bud Light?” DeSantis asked. “I mean like honestly, that’s like them rubbing our faces in it and it’s like these companies that do this, if they never have any response, they’re just gonna keep doing it.”
"So, if you as a consumer are like … ‘ yeah, they’re doing that, but I’m just gonna keep drinking it anyways,’ well, then they’re gonna keep doing it," he stated. "So I think we have power as consumers to make our voice heard, and not on every company because sometimes conservative consumers aren’t going to make a dent in some companies."
DeSantis’ remarks come after Bud Light released a statement late last week which was seen across the political spectrum as weak.
DeSantis went on to say that consumers have the power to make their voices heard and if they don’t, corporations will continue to push their agenda.
“This one is one if you don’t have conservative beer drinkers, you’re gonna feel that and so you know, I think it’s a thing,” DeSantis said. “Some of these controversies that come up, and people can kind of just say, ‘oh, well it’s kind of a one off, yeah, it was stupid to do,’ but it’s part of a larger thing where corporate America is trying to change our country. Trying to change policy, trying to change culture, and you know, I’d rather be governed by we the people than woke companies and so I think pushback is in order across the board including with Bud Light.”
When asked if he would ever drink Bud Light again, DeSantis responded, “No, I don’t think so.”
The Governor’s words have been met with support from conservatives who are fed up with corporations pushing progressive agendas.
Ron DeSantis speaks out on the boycott of Bud Light and why it’s necessary to keep up the pressure. Make it hurt and don’t let them keep doing the woke stuff. pic.twitter.com/oOFWOKigEj
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) April 18, 2023