While many of her fellow conservatives – including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Rep. George Santos (R-NY), and musician Kid Rock – have joined in the attacks on Bud Light for sending custom beer cans to trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney with her face on them, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has stayed out of the fray.
Until now…. and maybe she should have steered clear of the topic.
Boebert posted a photoshopped picture of a Bud Light beer can with the face of former NFL player Pat Tillman. He died in combat in Afghanistan in 2004 after getting shot three times in the head by friendly fire. The U.S. Army burned his uniform and body armor – and his personal notebook, where he wrote his thoughts on the war – in “a blatant violation of protocol.” His memory was used after his death to justify pro-war sentiment.
“Hey Bud Light, here’s the one America wanted!” the meme she shared reads.
Many people in the responses pointed out that Tillman was not the kind of person Boebert would appreciate today. He was an atheist and a freethinker, and his mother said that he opposed the war in Iraq, which the Washington Post said he called “f**king illegal.” He was critical of then-President George W. Bush, and his favorite author was leftist professor Noam Chomsky, who he was planning to meet after his tour in Afghanistan.
His brother-in-law, Alex Garwood, said that Tillman came to his godchild’s christening dressed in drag to “make a point about gender imbalances,” according to an article in The Atlantic.
He also stood up for gay rights over two decades ago.
“’Hey coach, you ever coach any gay guys?’” Lyle Setencich, one of his college football coaches, remembered about him. “That’s what Pat said to me. I said. ‘I have.’ Pat said, ‘What do you think about gay players?’ This was in the middle of the 1990s. I said, ‘I don’t know all the issues but if they can play football I love them.'”
“’Good,’ said Pat. ‘Good.’”
Many people on Twitter pointed out that maybe Boebert should have googled who Tillman was before posting the image.