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Embattled Democrat Illinois mayor accused of targeting businesses who don’t pay up

Just hours after reports that embattled Democratic Dolton, Illinois Mayor Tiffany Henyard was under investigation by the FBI, multiple local businesses were said to be raided by local police.

On Tuesday, FOX 32 reported that six individuals have spoken to the FBI about Henyard’s conduct, including business owners, a former village employee and one or more public officials. One complained of difficulties renewing his business license, claiming to suffer from harassment, a raid on his business and being shut down by Dolton police. The U-Haul rental and trucking business owner believed it was retaliation after he refused to donate to a civic event sponsored by Henyard.

FOX 32 reported Wednesday that multiple bars in the town were raided by police the day after the news team visited the businesses amid allegations their licenses were being held up for political reasons. The raids reportedly occurred mere hours after FOX 32’s report about the alleged FBI investigation into Henyard’s conduct was released.  

“Someone seen you go in there. And then two hours after your story aired, the police are at both of these establishments,” said Tammie Brown, a Dolton trustee, told FOX 32.

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Brown went on to suggest that the raids were done as a warning to other businesses: “I’m sure that they were asked to donate, make a donation, and most likely they didn’t make a donation. So you don’t get a chance to stay open if you don’t pay the queen’s ransom.”

“They just rushed in here. Put police at the front door like they were doing a raid on a drug house or something,” Sevone Garfield, the security director of Pablo’s Cafe and Bar, said.

George Mseeh, owner of Pablo’s Cafe and Bar, recalled things were peaceful with “nothing going on.” Then, he said, “Like 10 police cars come in and they start pushing customers from here. And he said if you don’t leave, we’re gonna lock you up.”

FOX 32 reported, “Employees and owners say it’s part of an ongoing campaign of harassment by Dolton Mayor Tiffany Henyard that is costing jobs and money. Their business licenses have been stripped by Dolton, but they’ve continued to operate with a state license.”

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The Village of Dolton reportedly defended the legitimacy of the raids in a public statement: “The businesses in question both had a hearing with the liquor commission last month and the licenses were revoked at that time. The businesses have a history of violent incidents with patrons and were considered a nuisance to the residents in the community. These businesses are unable to operate without the license.”

Henyard is said to have a close relationship with the local police force.

According to WGN, “Mayor Henyard’s considerable police security detail, which is said to include four to five police squad vehicles or large, unmarked SUVs like Secret Service transport vehicles, according to a witness.”

Brittney Norwood, a trustee in the Village of Dolton, told Fox News Digital last month Henyard spends hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on security, which effectively takes police officers off the streets who should be protecting the town.

“I think that she spends the money on security because she just loves it. She likes the thought of being surrounded by police officers. I think it makes her feel more important,” Norwood said. “The police are simply working under her instructions, but it’s also sad. It’s sad because we need the police patrolling the streets, and they’re with her instead.”

Former Dolton Police Chief Robert Collins, who was fired by Henyard, told FOX 32 in another report that Henyard’s personal police security detail is not only overblown, but used for unrelated tasks.

“We needed those officers to be on the street fighting crime. Instead, we have several officers that are riding around protecting the mayor,” Collins said.

“Officers would be sent out to run errands, do pick-ups, do drop-offs. Whatever the case would be,” he went on to claim.

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Fox News Digital previously reported that the mayor, accused of antics so wild she deserves her own TV show, has been living like a royal, making frequent use of beauty vendors. She reportedly has a combined salary of nearly $300,000 — more than the state’s governor — while the median income for the 23,000 residents of the small town is $24,000. 

Henyard went on a tirade in a public meeting earlier this month, declaring, “I’m the leader,” and slammed fellow officials by saying that despite the fact “y’all are Black” they were nonetheless “beating and attacking on a Black woman that’s in power” over her spending.

The Democrat had also previously posted an Instagram video of herself chatting with President Biden at the White House on Jan. 19.

Heyward and the Dolton police did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News Digital in time for publication.

Fox News’ Hannah Grossman contributed to this report.

Military tracking high-altitude mystery balloon traveling over western United States

The U.S. military is tracking a high-altitude balloon over the Western United States, two U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News on Friday. 

It was spotted by U.S. military aircraft and determined to not be a threat. 

The origin of this balloon and its purpose are not yet known, the two officials said.

The balloon is drifting east in the jet stream. 

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“In close coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detected a small balloon at an altitude varying between 43,000-45,000 ft,” North American Aerospace Defense Command Public Affairs told Fox News Digital. “The balloon was intercepted by NORAD fighters over Utah, who determined it was not maneuverable and did not present a threat to national security. NORAD will continue to track and monitor the balloon. The FAA also determined the balloon posed no hazard to flight safety. NORAD remains in close coordination with the FAA to ensure flight safety.”

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A year ago, a Chinese spy balloon was discovered and shot down after it flew over the U.S. for several days. 

The Pentagon said in June that while the Chinese balloon had “intelligence collection capabilities,” it didn’t collect any data before it was shot down. 

“We also took steps to mitigate the potential efforts of that balloon,” Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said in June. 

Intelligence agencies have concluded that the spy balloon was used for spying, not weather-related issues as China had claimed. 

Information captured by the spy balloon is not believed to have been successfully sent back to Beijing. It is unclear why the spy mission seemed to fail, but officials said intelligence agencies used countermeasures to prevent data collection. 

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The Chinese spy balloon flew from Alaska to the East Coast, where it was shot down by the military over the Atlantic Ocean on Feb. 4. 

This is a developing story.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report. 

State surgeon general allows parents to decide whether to send unvaxxed kids to school

Amid measles outbreaks in various parts of the U.S., the Florida surgeon general has issued some guidance to parents regarding kids’ school attendance.

In a letter issued to parents on Friday, Dr. Joseph Ladapo said the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) “is deferring to parents or guardians to make decisions about school attendance.”

The letter comes in response to a cluster of measles cases identified at Manatee Bay Elementary in Weston, Florida.

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Typical guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is for unvaccinated children who have not had the measles to stay home for up to 21 days in the event of a potential exposure at school. 

“However, due to the high immunity rate in the community, as well as the burden on families and educational cost of healthy children missing school, DOH is deferring to parents or guardians to make decisions about school attendance,” Ladapo’s letter stated. 

“This recommendation may change as epidemiological investigations continue.”

People who have had the full series of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) immunization or who have had a prior infection are 98% protected against the highly contagious virus, the doctor noted.

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Those who do not have immunity have a 90% chance of contracting measles.

“If someone in your household contracts measles, all members of the household should consider themselves exposed and monitor symptoms,” Ladapo stated in the letter.

The doctor did recommend that students with symptoms should stay home from school.

Common signs and symptoms of measles include a rash on the face, neck and body; high fever; cough; runny nose; and red, watery eyes. 

“All children presenting with symptoms of illness should not attend school until symptoms have fully subsided without medication,” Ladapo advised.

On the Florida Department of Health’s website, two doses of the MMR vaccine are listed among the vaccine requirements for children entering, attending or transferring to public and non-public schools for kindergarten through 12th grade.

“If someone in your household contracts measles, all members of the household should consider themselves exposed and monitor symptoms.”

Dr. Marc Siegel, clinical professor of medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center and a Fox News medical contributor, was not involved in the FDOH letter but offered his reaction to the guidance.

“The measles vaccine is almost 100% effective at preventing spread, especially if two shots are given,” he told Fox News Digital in a phone interview on Friday.

“At a time when there’s a resurgence of measles in the world and travel is not restricted, and people are coming into this country with measles, it’s extremely important that our children be vaccinated against it.”

The current measles outbreak is a time when “individual choice has to give way to public health and community preservation or safety,” Siegel said.

While some public health officials may have been “mistaken” about drawing that line with the COVID pandemic, that doesn’t automatically mean that it applies to every virus and vaccine, the doctor noted.

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“The problem here is that if kids start going to school unvaccinated against measles, given how contagious it is and how effective the vaccine is, they are putting other children at risk,” Siegel said. 

Referring to measles as “the most contagious respiratory virus on the planet,” Siegel warned that an unvaccinated person has at least a 90% chance of catching the illness if they enter a room where measles was present up to two hours prior.

The doctor also warned of the severity of the disease, noting that one in five people with measles ends up in the hospital. 

These dangers can be offset by the vaccine, Siegel said.

“This is a great vaccine — extremely important, very safe, tested for decades, and [it] prevents the spread of a dangerous virus that’s resurging right now.”

Siegel also said he disagrees with Ladapo’s guidance to not require unvaccinated children to stay at home.

Dr. Brett Osborn, a Florida neurosurgeon and longevity expert, also reviewed Ladapo’s guidance. 

He said he disagrees with it as well.

“Measles is not COVID-19,” Osborn said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “In fact, measles is one of the leading vaccine-preventable causes of death.”

“While it is always the parents’ choice whether to vaccinate their children, decisions should be based on scientific fact.”

“Measles has been well-controlled by national vaccination campaigns, and we have walled off the disease, in essence, as we have polio.”

The doctor noted that “time-tested” vaccines — such as the MMR, oral polio and DTP — have low complication rates, “unlike the COVID vaccine.” 

“The more people that are vaccinated, the greater the chances of acquiring a state of herd immunity,” Osborn said. “The fact that there has been an outbreak in an elementary school in Weston strongly suggests a lack of herd immunity.”

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“Sending unvaccinated children to school amid an outbreak — and inside of the transmissible period — is reckless,” he also said. 

“While it is always the parents’ choice whether to vaccinate their children, and whether or not to expose them to the virus directly, decisions should be based on scientific fact.”

Osborn hypothesized that the COVID pandemic may have contributed to overall vaccine reluctance.

“Unfortunately, as of the past several years — due to induced vaccine fear, the byproduct of a failed COVID-19 vaccine — vaccination rates generally have decreased,” Osborn said. “The result? Viral outbreaks. And measles won’t be the last.”

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As of Friday, there have been 35 measles cases reported in U.S. states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York City, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, according to the CDC.

Fox News Digital reached out to Dr. Ladapo, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Education, and Attendance Works (a San Francisco-based national initiative that advocates for improved school attendance) requesting comment.

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Paige Spiranac jumps to defense of Tiger Woods’ son after he suffers career setback

Paige Spiranac, one of the biggest golf influencers in the sport, came to the defense of Charlie Woods on Thursday after the 15-year-old missed out on qualifying for a PGA Tour event.

Tiger Woods’ son participated in a pre-qualifier for the Cognizant Classic. He shot an 86 and finished 110th among 112 competitors at Lost Lake Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.

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While expectations are high for the son of one of the greatest golfers to ever play the sport, Spiranac encouraged fans of the sport to tamp down on trying to build up Charlie Woods and just let him play his game.

“How about we let Charlie Woods develop his game without constant media coverage,” she wrote in a post on X. “Golf is mentally challenging enough without all the added eyeballs on him and pressure.”

Charlie Woods has participated with his father in two-some events like the PNC Championship, but trying to qualify for a PGA Tour event is an entirely different beast, especially for a kid of high school age.

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He played with Olin Browne Jr., who qualified for the U.S. Open last summer in Los Angeles. Browne, the son of a three-time PGA Tour winner, shot a 72.

Woods has a lot to live up to and being in the social media age probably does not help a bit either. His father was 16 and had won the first of three straight U.S. Junior Amateur titles when he received a sponsor exemption to play his first PGA Tour event – the Nissan Open at Riviera.

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Luckily for Charlie Woods, he has the best coach in the world behind him.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Washington State’s Republican chair highlights ‘questionable design decision’ for ballots

Washington state Republican Chair Jim Walsh has called having voters write their party affiliation on the outside of their mail-in ballot a “questionable design decision” as some Washingtonians have raised concerns. 

Walsh told Fox News Digital on Friday the requirement to declare one’s party is “codified in law” and is only for the primary, not the general election. 

“The design where the attestation, the declaration is on the outer part of the envelope, that is not state law, that is a guideline, an administrative decision made by the Washington Secretary of State in conjunction with local county level election officials,” he said. 

Walsh added, “That is not statutory, that’s just a questionable design decision by the Secretary of State working in conjunction with the local county elections people.” 

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Walsh said state Republicans have been trying since 2016 to change the law requiring voters to declare their party “so that people can choose to be unaffiliated,” but have been blocked by the Democrat-led legislature.

One X user snapped a photo of their ballot envelope, showing where voters must declare themselves as Democrats or Republicans, writing on Thursday, “New Washington State envelopes for mail-in ballots. NEVER had to disclose my party declaration on the OUTSIDE of my ballot before. Don’t feel really good about this.” 

Cartoonist Scott Adams reposted it, writing, “How can this be real?” and X owner Elon Musk responded, “What!?”

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Another voter wrote, “QUESTION- Why am I REQUIRED to list party affiliation on the outside of the envelope to VOTE?”

A third X user posted a picture of their envelope, writing, “Washington State Presidential Primary Ballot … you have to declare on the outside of the envelope?!? Also no option for independents! This is how ballots get tossed before they can even be counted!”

“We’re not keen on the law, but we understand it is the law and that we do need to comply both with state law and with some national and with some national party rules,” Walsh told Fox News Digital of the requirement to declare a party. 

He said the “spirit of the law” is to keep voters from people from “gaming the system, being part of one party and trying to vote in the other party’s primary” but he felt there could be genuine security concerns with the declaration being on the outside of the ballot. 

He told Seattle-area radio host Jason Rantz this week that he suggests voters take their ballot to a ballot box rather than mailing it in. 

“Deliver it to a ballot box. Or give it to a trusted person to deliver,” he said.

But Rantz noted in an opinion piece, that “Fraud at the primary stage doesn’t make a whole lot of sense this election cycle. Donald Trump will be the nominee and it’s unlikely any other candidate would come close enough for stealth fraud to take place. And while fraud (and mistakes) obviously occur, there’s been no recent evidence of widespread fraud that would be enough to change national elections. But voters rightly remember the scandal around the recount between then-gubernatorial candidates Dino Rossi (R) and Christine Gregoire (D).”

The Washington Secretary of State’s Office has included examples of protests voters wrote on their ballots in 2016 — in showing voters the correct way to mark their ballot — that included statements such as, “Actually I’m an Independent but if it makes you happy,” “Don’t tell me what I need to be … the voters are furious” and “I feel like I am being forced to choose a party and that’s not fair.” 

The voter’s party declaration choice is removed after 60 days, according to the secretary of state’s office, noting on its website, for the “Presidential Primary only, the major political parties require voters to mark and sign the party declaration. If you choose to participate, your choice of party will not affect how you may vote in future elections. You must mark and sign the political party declaration (box) on your envelope for your vote to count.” 

The office has not clarified why the declaration is on the outside of the ballot. Fox News Digital has reached out to the secretary of state’s office. 

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Fox News Digital has also reached out to the Washington Democratic Party for comment. 

Washington’s presidential primary is on March 12. 

Former NFL first round draft pick Brady Quinn makes big prediction about Michigan QB

The 2024 NFL Draft is widely expected to feature one of the best quarterback classes in recent memory. USC Trojans star Caleb Williams headlines this year’s class of prospects and is widely expected to be the first player selected in April.

North Carolina signal caller Drake Maye and LSU’s Jayden Daniels are expected to hear their names called shortly after Williams walks across the stage at the draft in Detroit. Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. also received some first-round consideration, although his injury history could give some teams pause.

JJ McCarthy, who helped lead the Michigan Wolverines to the College Football Playoff National Championship in January, has also declared for the upcoming draft.

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McCarthy’s skillet and overall production was not quite as prolific as the other quarterbacks in this year’s class. Consequently, he has received multiple second or third round grades from draft analysis. However, a former college football star quarterback who was taken in the first round believes that McCarthy will be a day-one selection.

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Brady Quinn shared his thoughts on McCarthy and predicted that the former Michigan football star will ultimately land with a team that is drafting within the top 10.

“To me, he’s going to end up being a top 10 pick when it’s all said and done,” Quinn said on CBS Sports HQ. “I think teams are going to love his ability to create and his ability to take off and run, too.”

McCarthy has become one of the most fascinating prospects to discuss at this point in the pre-draft process. His stock has seemingly risen over the past few weeks. 

He also still has the opportunity to try and impress teams at the upcoming combine and his pro day.

Michigan relied heavily on its running backs during McCarthy’s tenure, but he did show the ability to make accurate throws.

Quinn acknowledged the offensive structure that McCarthy played in at Michigan, but also pointed to his ability to showcase his talent when it was necessary.

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“This is a team that’s really run the football incredibly well,” Quinn said in reference to the Wolverines offense.

“[McCarthy] hasn’t had to necessarily dominate games. I’ll still go back to when he’s had to do it, he’s showcased the ability to. … He’s able to layer the ball which is another thing you always hear talked about this time of year. The ability to get it over one defender, but in front of the next or inside a tight window. He showcases all of that. We just didn’t see it as much as we saw with a lot of other quarterbacks who threw the football more.” 

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Ukrainians ‘optimistic’ as war enters third year, but Zelenskyy admits fight has taken toll

Residents of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv spoke out to Fox News as the war with Russia enters its third year, and scars of battle are rife throughout civilian areas.

Most of those interviewed by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier expressed hope for a resolution that would ultimately keep Ukraine sovereign and safe.

“I try to be optimistic. I didn’t leave Kyiv even when Russian troops were near Kyiv,” said Tanya, a local resident. 

“I always [have been] in Kiev. If we lose, I can’t stay in Ukraine under Russian [control]. I will have to leave but I don’t know – I don’t want this. I want to live in Ukraine. I want to be Ukrainian. I want to live in Kyiv. It’s my city,” she added.

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Bret Baier walked around a city square, where remnants of Russian vehicles destroyed by the Ukrainian military sat as a testament to its countrymen’s efforts. Not far away, another square featured numerous Ukrainian flags, one for each militiaman lost during the conflict.

“It’s not normal, it’s not OK,” Tanya added. “Everyone in Ukraine has some relatives, some friends who died or who are fighting now, who are in Russian prisons…”

The city’s airport remains closed as long throughout the war, given the unsafe airspace, but an overnight train still shuttles people hours westward to neighboring Poland.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Baier his countrymen understand there is no alternative to the way of life people in Kyiv have had to adjust to.

“Of course, it’s difficult… People are tired. Closer to the front lines, it is more difficult, but I think everybody understands for what we are doing this. That’s it. It’s our life, our homeland,” he said.

Another Kyiv resident, Julia, was visiting the memorial to the fallen at Independence Square. She said she was afraid to go there because of the missile attacks in the area, but wanted to express her national pride.

“I really want to cry. Our people are really strong enough, so they are not giving up and they [are] trying to protect our country,” she said.

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Ali, an Iranian-born Ukrainian who grew up in Scandinavia, said conditions in Kiev remind him of when the then-Soviets were trying to occupy Finland during World War II. He recounted how they were rebuffed by the much smaller nation, saying it is an example of trying to “defend your country at any price – so I feel proud.”

Every resident of Kyiv is also expected to download an application to their phone that acts as a digital air raid siren, allowing the population to quickly seek cover during a detected Russian attack.

The dismissal message emitted once the threat subsides appears to be a nod to the United States: “May the force be with you.”

Jonathan Turley fires back at Trump judge’s latest ruling on $355M penalty in fraud case

Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley concluded on “America’s Newsroom” Friday that there has been “no sense of equity” in the New York civil fraud case against former President Trump after the judge denied a request to delay enforcement of the $355 million penalty. Turley took issue with Judge Arthur Engoron writing that Trump had “failed to explain” a reason why the judgment should be delayed

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JONATHAN TURLEY: [The judge’s quote] was funny because the explanation is in the figure. He just imposed a $355 million judgment with a law that has never been used in this way. That’s the reason, and it’s rather obvious. But you also have people like [Attorney General Letitia] James, who have never built a thing other than their political careers, who are now treating these buildings as if they’re theirs. I mean, she said that she’s eyeballing a couple of properties that she might want to seize, like this is a fire sale. And the fact is that the judge showed absolutely no sense of equity in any of this. His decision is the decision of a single jurist. And this party wants to have a review, but in order to do that, he has to pony up what is about a half a billion dollars. And that has a gross unfairness to it when you combine the use of the law and the size of his judgment and then this requirement for a deposit. He just simply brushed those aside and his tone almost bordered on the mocking.

Trump lawyers had asked Engoron to delay enforcement of the payment by 30 days to allow time for an “orderly post-judgment process.”

In an email to the defendants posted Thursday to the court docket, Engoron said they had “failed to explain, much less justify, any basis for a stay.”

“I am confident that the Appellate Division will protect your appellate rights,” he wrote. 

Last week, Trump was barred from operating his business in New York for three years and was found liable for $355 million in damages in the civil fraud case brought against him, his family and the Trump Organization by New York Attorney General Letitia James. 

James said Monday she was prepared to seize Trump’s assets if he is unable to pay the massive judgment handed down in his civil fraud case.

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Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Kid Rock reveals what was going through his mind during viral Bud Light shootout video

Kid Rock recently weighed in on the viral video of him shooting Bud Light cans last year in protest of the beer company’s woke initiatives.

The musician described his infamous protest during an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast that aired Thursday, telling host Joe Rogan that it was simply him “having fun” and venting his anger at Bud Light.

“Man, I was just having fun, to be honest with you,” Rock told the host, adding, “I was pissed, but it wasn’t like it was going to wreck my day, let alone my life. I was just kind of like, ‘What the f–k are they doing?'”

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Rock’s viral video, which involved him shooting multiple cases of the beer at an outdoor shooting range last April, was a response to Bud Light making biological male and transgender woman Dylan Mulvaney a brand spokesperson.

After ripping through the cans with his weapon, he turned to the camera and said, “f— Bud Light and f— Anheuser-Busch.”

That month, Mulvaney prompted major backlash for the brand after sharing a video of Bud Light cans with her face on them and announcing the news of her partnership with the beer brand.

Bud Light’s consumer base, which consists mostly of conservatives, abandoned the brand and its parent company, Anheuser-Busch, for months and cost the brand serious revenue. Last month, it was reported that Bud Light’s year over year revenue was still down nearly 30% almost a year after the partnership started.

Rock admitted to Rogan that his viral clip seemed to make him the “face” of this major backlash.

“Well, you were the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Rogan told Rock, to which the artist admitted, “I became the face of it, yes. I’m not the pied piper. To sit around and think that people follow what Kid Rock does – I just became the face of it.”

Rock made fun of himself, describing his actions in the video as “throwing a tantrum with a machine gun.”

Mocking his own whining at the time, he said, “Wah, wah! They wanna let guys play in girls sports. Wah!”

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The host remarked that that video was the death knell for the beer’s sales. “If there’s one moment that they look back on and f—– go, ‘S—!’ It’s that moment.”

Rock explained that he’s recently become friends with Anheuser-Busch CEO Brendan Whitworth despite the drama. 

“We’ve become friends,” Rock said, with Rogan commenting, “he’s a good guy.”

Rock agreed and then recalled meeting Whitworth while hanging out with former President Trump at a UFC event. “He’s a great guy. After five minutes of talking to him – I’m with Trump, there in Dana’s [White] green room. I go to Trump, I go, ‘See that dude behind me?’ I go, ‘That’s the CEO of Bud Light – er, of Anheuser-Busch.’ And Trump’s like, ‘You wanna go talk to him?’ which in my mind Trump said, ‘You wanna go f— with him?’”

“And I’m like, ‘Yes. Absolutely,’” Rock added.

The star admitted that once they all started talking they had a “great conversation,” and Rock found out Whitworth was a hunting enthusiast. He noted that during that conversation, he invited the CEO out to his place in Nashville, and Whitworth ended up visiting him.

“F—– we broke bread. Got f—– up on Bud Light. We f—– bowled. Did all this fun s—,” he said, noting that he did not take up Whitworth’s offer for a corporate gig, though he said they still talk. 

Rock still admitted that the company “f—– up.”

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