The mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, is leading a charge to boycott Sam Adams — a native Boston brewery named after one our nation's Founding Fathers — after the owner, Jim Koch, had the temerity to praise President Donald Trump for his corporate tax cuts.
The Boston Business Journal reports that Koch dined with Trump — and 12 other major American executives, including the CEOs of FedEx, Johnson & Johnson, and the virulently Democratic outgoing CEO of PepsiCo — at Trump's New Jersey golf club last week.
As part of his prepared remarks, Koch noted that Trump's tax cuts have empowered small business owners and evened the playing field for American corporations, and particularly breweries, seeking to compete on a global level.
“Now we have a level playing field, and we’re going to kick their ass,” Koch said.
That was simply too much for Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, who took to Twitter to vow revenge against the suddenly-more-profitable Boston brewery.
I will never drink Sam Adam's beer again! https://t.co/UCywb9I7xE— Joseph A. Curtatone (@JoeCurtatone) August 12, 2018
The response was tepid, so Curatone amped up his rhetoric on a second try, calling Trump — and by extension, Jim Koch — "profiteers" of a "white nationalist agenda."
We need to hold these complicit profiteers of Trump's white nationalist agenda accountable ! https://t.co/UCywb9I7xE— Joseph A. Curtatone (@JoeCurtatone) August 12, 2018
And then, still receiving nothing but mild criticism, Curatone went for the jugular.
Hey Jim Koch! While you were thanking Trump for your tax break, did you happen to express any concern for the families separated under his cruel and inhumane immigration enforcement policy? @SamuelAdamsBeer https://t.co/UCywb9I7xE— Joseph A. Curtatone (@JoeCurtatone) August 12, 2018
The boycott does not appear to have taken off, though boycotts do seem to be the order of the day. Leftists, unable to effectively counter Trump's agenda, have called for boycotts on everything from Nordstrom clothing to Texas Mexican restaurants. So far few boycotts, if any, have succeeded.