Mayor Martin J. Walsh comes out against boycott of Samuel Adams beer
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh came out against any boycott of Samuel Adams ale yesterday as Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and others vowed to never drink the Boston Beer Co. product again.
Curtatone, in a flurry of tweets, blasted the company’s founder, Jim Koch, for meeting with President Trump and other business bigwigs last week to thank the president for tax cuts.
But Walsh told the Herald yesterday, “I think that if you start talking about boycotting something against elected officials, including the president, there’s not much stuff we’d be able to buy in the country.”
Walsh said he didn’t know the specifics of Koch’s meeting with Trump and “whether he was a supporter of the president or if it was just dinner.”
Curtatone, during his tweetstorm Monday, wrote, “I will never drink Sam Adam’s beer again!
“We need to hold these complicit profiteers of Trump’s white nationalist agenda accountable,” he added, referring to Koch’s meeting with the president. Curtatone in another tweet asked Koch, “did you happen to express any concern for the families separated under his cruel and inhumane immigration enforcement policy?”
A spokeswoman for Curtatone said he couldn’t comment any further because he was out of the country and unavailable.
Koch was one of 13 executives to meet with the president. A Koch spokeswoman declined to comment on the controversy.
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