Despite running his failed presidential campaign with a heavy emphasis on fighting against the politically correct wokeness of progressive activists, Donald Trump has had no problem with using cancel culture to fight against corporations that are speaking out against state-level voting restrictions that have either already passed or are in the works in Republican-controlled legislatures across the country.
When perhaps the most famous corporation associated with Georgia — the iconic Coca-Cola beverage behemoth — let the world know of its displeasure with the recently passed new voting regulations that Democrats see as a poorly disguised attempt at limiting turnout among minority voters by the state’s Republican politicians, Trump quickly called on his deplorable followers to boycott the company’s products which are consumed like water by many of the former president’s less nutritionally aware adherents.
“It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back—we have more people than they do—by far! Boycott Major League Baseball (MLB), Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck,” Trump said in a statement relayed by Jenna Ellis, one of the attorneys who failed to convince the courts that there was any actual evidence behind his claims of election fraud.
“Don’t go back to their products until they relent. We can play the game better than them,” the ex-president declared.
It was a surprising statement coming from a man who reportedly had a special button in the Oval Office to summon a freshly poured Diet Coke to be brought to him by a White House valet on a silver platter.
Long-time observers of Trump’s behavior were likely placing bets on whether Trump himself could actually stand to be separated from his favorite effervescent soft drink until the story faded from the news cycle.
Well, a photo posted on Twitter by former Trump advisor and white nationalist anti-immigration rabble-rouser Stephen Miller proves that Trump’s tolerance for withdrawal from Diet Coke is actually considerably less than a full week.
Eagle-eyed political forensics experts on Twitter quickly discovered the evidence, not so carefully concealed behind the political pretender’s phone in a home office seemingly decorated to mimic the Oval Office environs that he was used to inhabiting.
A Georgetown University professor posted the telltale evidence in a tweet that handily provided close-ups of the partially obscured incriminating evidence, so recognizable from just a portion of its iconic label.
Trump called for a ban on Coke 3 days ago.
How is that going? pic.twitter.com/R0Ut4R77SL
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) April 5, 2021
The funniest thing about this is that Miller just wrote a long thread calling on the head of the MLB to resign (or cancelling him, as the kids say), and then inadvertently exposes the fact Trump can't be bothered to commit to his own Coke boycott. pic.twitter.com/rnNRDyhIsy
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) April 5, 2021
Trump can’t even be bothered following through with his own boycott when it interferes with his Diet Coke addiction, it seems.
Given his son Don Jr.’s reported fondness for an ingredient removed from the signature product produced by Coca-Company many decades ago, Trump’s inability to break his habit is unsurprising.
His attempt to conceal the bottle demonstrates that he is quite aware of the stigma his weakness displays in the midst of an ideological culture war.
Still, how many of his followers actually expect him to live up to the manifestos he issues with disturbing regularity for a former president?
The rest of us already have no expectations that anything he says contains an iota of truth or sincerity, but his followers will likely claim that Miller’s photo was digitally altered by deep state operatives looking to make Trump look bad.
Unfortunately, that is not an area with which he needs the slightest bit of assistance. Once a con man always a con man.
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