Leland Vittert trashes DeSantis, Jesse Watters over suggested Bud Light lawsuit: ‘Both drank the same Kool-Aid’

Former Fox News host turned NewsNation host Leland Vittert tore into Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday over his plan to sue Bud Light.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Jesse Watters Primetime” a day earlier, the governor announced that he’s launching an inquiry into Bud Light and its parent company, InBev, because of the loss Florida pension funds have suffered amid the ongoing Bud Light boycott.

“It has absolutely hurt teachers and other pensioners. … When you start pursuing a political agenda at the expense of your shareholders, that’s not just impacting very wealthy people. It impacts hardworking people who were police officers, firefighters and teachers in terms of the pension,” the governor said.

“So what we’re doing, since we do have these shares, we believe that when you take your eye off the ball like that, you’re not following your fiduciary duty to do the best you can for your shareholders. So we’re going to be launching an inquiry about Bud Light and InBev,” he added.


Vittert was neither impressed nor amused.

Ranting on NewsNation this Friday, he began by accusing DeSantis of threatening to sue Bud Light out of desperation.

“His campaign right now is on life support, so he went on Fox News to reset things with some big ideas, starting with, wait for it, suing InBev. That’s the parent company of Bud Light. Governor DeSantis will take them to court over hiring a transgender influencer,” he said.

The problem, he continued, is that the governor’s plan would hurt “the very people that DeSantis claims he is protecting,” InBev shareholders, and that a lawsuit against Bud Light/InBev would be “incredibly hard to win.”

Plus, Vittert added, by suing Bud Light, the governor would be demonstrating that he’s no different than authoritarian President Joe Biden.

“Ron DeSantis suing Bud Light over hiring a transgender influencer is exactly the same as the Biden administration making companies hire chief diversity officers and demanding diversity, equity and inclusion reports, or issuing government contracts based on equity scores,” he said.

“That’s wrong. But any fair assessment shows DeSantis is demanding the same type of political orthodoxy and government intervention that he claims to hate. The conservative values DeSantis purports to follow says you keep government out of people’s lives and businesses’ lives,” he added.


Vittert continued by noting that “Bud Light became one of the first major brands to sponsor gay pride marches” during the Reagan administration.

“Can you possibly imagine Reagan suing Bud Light when they supported gay pride parades? Of course not. The concept is laughable. Being president is more than bro-ing out with a cable news host,” he said.

The latter remark referenced Fox News host Jesse Watters, who it appears was all in on DeSantis’ controversial idea.

“It appears DeSantis and Jesse both drank the same Kool-Aid. They believe talk about fighting the woke mob wins elections, it somehow makes them feel tough. It doesn’t. The American people are smart. They want a president who stands for something, and people who play stupid games don’t stand for anything,” Vittert finally concluded.

The problem, of course, is that some of the polls tell a different story. Namely, general election polls, which show DeSantis trouncing President Biden:

In fairness, however, primary polls matter as well — and in those particular polls, the Florida governor continues to lose to former President Donald Trump. In fact, DeSantis is even losing to Trump in Florida.

“The new poll from Florida Atlantic University/Mainstreet Research/PolCom Lab showed 50% of registered Republican Florida voters would vote for Trump right now, while only 30% would vote for DeSantis. The next closest candidate is Vivek Ramaswamy with 4%,” USA Today reported earlier this month.

“If the choices are winnowed down to just Trump and DeSantis, 54% would vote for Trump and 37% would vote for the Florida governor,” the outlet added.

With this in mind, USA Today’s Rex Huppke then asked, “Bottom line: DeSantis is getting trounced in his home state, the one place in the country where people really know who he is and what he’s capable of as a politician. If a presidential primary candidate can’t win his home state, what are his chances nationally?”

Fair question?

All this comes amid a boycott of  Bud Light that began after the brand briefly partnered with “transgender woman” Dylan Mulvaney over the spring.

Since the boycott started,  InBev has hemorrhaged billions in stock losses.


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