A Budweiser factory in the Van Nuys neighborhood of Los Angeles had to be cleared of workers and swept for bombs after a threat was called in, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
One employee of Anheuser-Busch InBev – which owns Budweiser – said that the company’s facilities across the country have been getting bomb threats in the wake of conservative anger over an Instagram video from two weeks ago.
The bomb threat in Van Nuys was emailed on Thursday morning, according to LAPD Lt. Leticia Ruiz.
“There was a search that was conducted in the premise of the building but there was nothing identified as a threat,” she said, adding that an LAPD bomb squad was dispatched.
“We did assist in clearing the perimeter of the building.”
Patch reports that an unnamed employee of Anheuser-Busch confirmed that other facilities were getting bomb threats as well. The source didn’t say which factories are getting threats.
The corporation, though, isn’t commenting on the matter.
The bomb threats come two weeks after transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney posted a sponsored video to Instagram featuring custom Bud Light beer cans that the company sent her as part of a social media partnership, an agreement that the company said they have with hundreds of influencers.
Republicans have been tripping over themselves to denounce Bud Light. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show last week that the U.S.’s allies will abandon the country because of the Mulvaney video. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) posted a video to social media announcing his “boycott” of Bud Light, only to get made fun of for showing his refrigerator full of other beers sold by Anheuser-Busch.
Conservative musician Kid Rock shot up four cases of Bud Light with a semiautomatic weapon and posted the video to social media. Fox News pundit and failed gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner – who is transgender herself – accused Mulvaney of “trying to erase women” for a Nike partnership Mulvaney announced.
Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth released a statement on Friday that didn’t mention Mulvaney at all.
“We never intended to be part of a discussion that divides people,” the statement read. “We are in the business of bringing people together over a beer.”