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Yuengling Owner Backs Trump And Gay Bars Promptly Dump Their Taps

Still, few locals are surprised by Dick Yuengling, Jr.'s views.

More than 15 Maryland and Pennsylvania gay bars and restaurants have opted to stop serving Yuengling beer after the company’s owner pledged his support for Donald Trump last week. 

The move comes after Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) called on members of the LGBTQ community to join him in boycotting Yuengling products after brewery owner Dick Yuengling, Jr. told Trump’s son, Eric, that he and his employees were “behind” the Republican presidential nominee during an Oct. 25 brewery tour, the Reading Eagle reported

Sims, who is openly gay, blasted Yuengling for using “my dollars to bolster a man, and an agenda, that wants to punish me for being a member of the LGBT community and punish the black and brown members of my community for not being white” in /www.facebook.com/about/mentions/?ref=mentions_bookmark"}}">a Facebook post a day after Eric Trump’s visit

It didn’t take long for gay-owned establishments to follow Sims’s lead. As The Advocate reports, Level One, Cobalt, D.C. Eagle, Number 9 and Ziegfeld’s are among those in Washington D.C. to stop serving Yuengling. In Philadelphia, that list includes the popular U Bar and Tavern On Camac. 

David Perruzza, who is the manager of JR’s Bar in Washington, D.C., posted a short video of himself removing his bar’s Yuengling tap to his Facebook page on Oct. 27. 

Take a look at the clip below, then scroll down to keep reading. 

“We’re saying goodbye to Yuengling here at JR’s,” Perruzza said in the video, which has been viewed over 112,000 times. 

Despite the ongoing backlash, Yuengling’s support of Trump comes as little surprise to locals. A longtime Republican, the brewery owner was a George W. Bush delegate at the 2000 convention in Philadelphia, and has backed anti-union, right-to-work legislation in the past, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Huffington Post has reached out to a Yuengling representative and is awaiting comment. Here’s to hoping that the furor reminds the company that, as Perruzza noted, “when people support things that don’t support us, we don’t support them.”

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liarrampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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