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Somerville Mayor Says He'll No Longer Drink Sam Adams Beer After Founder's Meeting With Trump



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    Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, left, and Sam Adams founder Jim Koch.

    A Massachusetts mayor took to Twitter over the weekend to blast Boston Beer Company founder Jim Koch for meeting with President Donald Trump last week.

    "Hey Jim Koch! While you were thanking Trump for your tax break, did you happen to express any concern for the families separated under his cruel and inhumane immigration enforcement policy?" Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone tweeted. "We need to hold these complicit profiteers of Trump's white nationalist agenda accountable!

    "I will never drink Sam Adam's beer again!" Curtatone added.

    Koch, who started making Sam Adams almost four decades ago, attended a dinner with 12 other business leaders hosted by Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Aug. 7.

    During the dinner, Koch and Trump talked about the beer business, with Koch thanking the president for his tax cuts, saying they will help the company better compete.

    “I mean, Americans — I’m the largest American-owned brewery at 2 percent market share. We were paying 38-percent taxes. And competing against people who were paying 20. And now we have a level playing field, and we’re going to kick their ass," Koch said, according to the Boston Herald

    Curtatone, a Democrat, has been a frequent critic of Trump's immigration policies. He is currently on a trip to Honduras and El Salvador as part of a fact-finding mission aimed at helping block the president from ending Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from the two countries.

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