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Ron DeSantis' Latest Eye-Rolling Move: An Investigation Into Bud Light

Ron DeSantis' Latest Eye-Rolling Move: An Investigation Into Bud Light

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The conservative outrage over a single trans person drinking beer continues.

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Ron DeSantis is clinging to the Bud Light controversy as he continues to try to play on conservative bigotry to win political favor across the United States.

The Florida governor went so far as to launch an inquiry into the beer’s parent company, AB InBev, questioning whether their partnership with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney resulted in a failure to follow its fiduciary duty to shareholders.

“AB InBev’s performance has plummeted since its decision to associate its Bud Light brand with radical social ideologies,” he wrote in a letter to the State Board of Administration, shared to his Twitter last week. “It appears to me that AB InBev may have breached legal duties owed to its shareholders, and that shareholder action may be both appropriate and necessary.”

He added in his tweet that “All options are on the table and woke corporations that put ideology ahead of returns should be on notice.”

The idea that bigots can use fearmongering tactics to create a widespread boycott of a product because a single person belonging to a group they don’t like was asked to advertise it to her audience, lower stock prices, and then use that outcome to turn around and investigate the company itself is disturbing. It also feels like something in opposition to the claim that Republicans stand for minimal government interference, but that hypocrisy is nothing new, and certainly not to DeSantis.

This particular investigation comes as he remains embroiled in a lawsuit filed by Disney after the company accused his administration of political retaliation following criticism of his “Don’t Say Gay” law. A lawsuit also appears to be on the table here, as the presidential candidate told Fox News “there’s got to penalties when you put business aside to focus on your social agenda at the expense of hardworking people.”

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.