Donald Trump Finds An Angel Investor
He's in the money
Donald Trump is complicating his relationship with the new generation of culture war voters to access some sweet campaign cash. On Tuesday, Trump announced through his personal social media network that conservatives need to start drinking Bud Light again.
Anheuser-Busch spends $700 million a year with our GREAT Farmers,” Trump wrote. The firm employs “65 thousand Americans, of which 1,500 are Veterans, and is a Founding Corporate Partner of Folds of Honor, which provides scholarships for families of fallen Servicemen & Women. They’ve raised over $30,000,000 and given 44,000 scholarships.” In short, the former president concluded, Bud Light deserves “a second chance” — quite unlike those other unnamed American companies “that are looking to DESTROY AMERICA!
The Trump nomination is now sponsored by Bud Light, the beer brand that killed itself by getting drunk and crashing into Dylan Mulvaney. He is essentially lobbying his supporters on behalf of a beer company.
Trump’s message also comes as a top Republican lobbyist for the company is set to host a fundraiser for the former president next month, with some tickets going at $10,000 each.
Jeff Miller, a close confidant of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy who built his Washington business during the Trump years, announced on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday that he would be hosting the fundraiser. The event is set to feature dozens of members of Congress and Republican leadership, as well as Donald Trump Jr.
“Trump’s benevolent overture — one that seems conspicuously informed by the brand itself — might not have been entirely inspired by his generosity of spirit,” Noah Rothman writes at National Review. “Rather, it was likely a prerequisite to unlock the generosity of the brand.” Indeed.
I am not saying that Trump will suddenly become unpopular because he takes Bud Light money. Trump supporters will forgive him anything. My point is that he has not actually kept pace with the conservative movement that has emerged after 2020 — the likes of Christopher Rufo, Matt Walsh, and Quillette. His issues are not their issues. At the end of the day, Trump will never care about disestablishing DEI or ESG more than he will want that sweet campaign cash.
So I merely see an emerging rift on the political right. Whether it will matter in November, I cannot say. On one side are Trump supporters who want to re-litigate the 2020 election as well as the events of 6 January 2021. On the other side are conservative voters who supported Ron DeSantis or Nikki Haley out of ideological support for conservative policies. Put simply, the Trump conservatives and the ideological conservatives exist in an increasingly(?) uncomfortable tension.
A spokesman for the House Armed Services Committee says that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III has agreed to explain himself in a hearing on 29 February. Austin needs to explain how the National Military Command Center (NMCC) at the Pentagon, and its satellite office adjoining the White House Situation Room, were able to go through mutliple chift changes without anyone noticing he was missing. Congressional hearings can be excruciating affairs to watch, but I intend to see this one.
The House Judiciary Committee is suing FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Elvis Chan for defying their subpoena. “At the heart of the dispute is the demand from Chan and his employer [the Department of Justice] that he be accompanied during his deposition with the committee by both his personal counsel and government counsel. The committee has long maintained that it allows one or the other to appear with witnesses, but not both.” Chan is at the center of the investigation into federal law enforcement telling social media companies whom to silence for “misinformation.”
The UFO cult had a flap on Twitter/X yesterday over Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick’s interview in Scientific American. Having fulfilled his mission at the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office, Kirkpatrick has left the job and started speaking plainly about “completely unfounded and irrational” conspiracy theorists in government. “This is really just a microcosm of a really large problem of distrust of government, distrust of how we conduct operations, investigations, how we govern and our capacity to do so,” he says. “And I think some of the publicly expressed sentiment by policy makers that completely lacks any sort of rational thought or common sense just reinforces that concern.”
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