President Donald Trump announced his method Thursday for paying for that border wall he commissioned Wednesday: a 20 percent tax on all goods imported from Mexico.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the plan would generate $10 billion a year and “easily pay for the wall,” according to the Associated Press.
Later, Spicer said the 20 percent tariff was just one of several options available to the administration to pay for the wall.
The announcement set off a firestorm on Twitter. Users were quick to point out the many things imported from Mexico that would balloon in price if the tax is approved by Congress, like cars and car parts ($24 billion worth, according to CNN Money), telephones ($11.9 billion), refrigerators ($4.1 billion), tomatoes ($1.8 billion) and beer like Corona, Modelo and Dos Equis ($2.8 billion).
“I’ll have two bottles of America, please” is a phrase you might be saying if you’re at a bar this summer, now that Budweiser has re-named it beer after this great nation of ours.
The re-branding is a part of Budweiser’s “America is in Your Hands” campaign, set to last from June 1 until the presidential election in November. Cans and bottles will be available for purchase on May 23 and will be decorated with phrases from the Pledge of Allegiance and with lyrics from “America the Beautiful” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”
There will also be a special line of “America” cans and bottles inspired by Team Budweiser, the brand’s six Olympic and Paralympic athletes. That design will feature a magnified view of the Statue of Liberty’s torch.
“These cans and bottles aim to inspire drinkers to celebrate America and Budweiser’s shared values of freedom and authenticity,” the press release from Anheuser-Bush (Budweiser’s parent company) reads.
Lest you think this is simply an election year gimmick, the temporary new name highlights “what should be the most patriotic summer that this generation has ever seen,” according to Budweiser’s vice president Ricardo Marques. Indeed, this summer will see the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games and the first U.S.-hosted Copa America Centenario.
And that’s not to mention all of the 4th of July parties and frat parties that are sure to go down this summer.