‘Making America Great Again,’ one Bud at a time

May 11, 2016
Jones Knowles Ritchie New York/Handout

Jones Knowles Ritchie New York/Handout

Donald Trump took credit for one company’s recent change on something Americans from both parties can agree on: beer.

Budweiser, a beer brand owned by Belgian beverages giant Anheuser-Bush, announced on Tuesday that it would be replacing its brand name with the word “America” on the front of its 12-ounce cans and bottles to kick off what it called the “most patriotic summer ever.”

The company said the changes will “come to life this summer during culturally relevant moments where Budweiser will be present,” including the Fourth of July, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Services and the 2016 Olympic Games.

Trump was quick to bank on the initiative.

Asked if he felt his campaign, complete with its “Make America Great Again,” slogan had something to do with Budweiser’s change, the billionaire real estate mogul was happy to take some credit.

“They’re so impressed with what our country will become that they decided to do this before the fact,” Trump said.

A Budweiser spokesperson told Reuters the new packaging has been in development since late last year, part of an annual patriotic redesign that lasts the summer.

However, the spokesperson added that there is one way the presidential campaigns have affected their plans: the new designs will stay on shelves longer than usual, through the first few weeks of November.

So for any election night parties come Nov. 8, guests can watch the vote results with an “America” can in their hands.

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