An aide pushing a cart full of beer into the Capitol Thursday basically pinky-swore that the beverages had not been ordered to celebrate the House passing a bill designed to kill Obamacare.
Shortly before House Republicans celebrated a narrow vote approving President Trump’s promised health care repeal bill (which still has to pass the Senate), the Capitol worker denied that the big wagon of beer he was pushing through the building was headed toward a celebration party.
The internet wasn’t buying it, though, and couldn’t help but skewer the GOP for what appeared to be a pre-planned kegger to celebrate an unpopular and, at best, problematic bill.
Vice reporter Alexandra Jaffe was one of several Capitol Hill reporters to spot the beer being rolled in under a sheet by an unnamed aide before the vote had taken place.
Cases upon cases of beer just rolled into the Capitol on a cart covered in a sheet. Spotted Bud Light peeking out from the sheet
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) May 4, 2017
Jaffe snapped a photo of the beer and asked about its purpose. The man tending the cart of Bud Light said it was for “a different meeting,” but didn’t elaborate.
Now, it’s perfectly plausible that there is some other party going on in the Capitol building while all of the members of Congress were voting. Or maybe they’re all REALLY thrilled with passing sanctions against North Korea.
Either way, the optics of an apparent House party did not go over well as word of the mysterious beer spread. Especially since the controversies surrounding the bill were many and included:
So, yeah, a celebratory kegger, if true, is not a good look. Twitter took notice.
They are rolling cases of beer into Capitol and coming to the White House afterwards for a celebration. Kind of remarkable. So far to go.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) May 4, 2017
So they’re going to roll out in party busses full of Bud Light…
— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) May 4, 2017
Never forget that the House GOP bought a case of beer to celebrate taking away your healthcare. #2018
— Ashley Black (@ashleyn1cole) May 4, 2017
1. Haven’t read bill
2. Bill has no CBO score
3. They keep Obamacare for themselves
5. Drinking shitty beer
— Max Weiss (@maxthegirl) May 4, 2017
How is a public celebration of a bill that is only a third of the way to passage a good idea? To say this is premature is an understatement
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) May 4, 2017
Actually surprised that Ryan didn’t have the good sense to tell House GOP to cut out the beer and celebration. Looks pretty dumb/tacky
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) May 4, 2017
Dear House GOP,
My cancer cells are asking if you’d mind sending down a few of those cases of beer so they can celebrate. Thanks. Billy
— Bill Harnsberger (@BillinPortland) May 4, 2017
House members of the GOP did end up at the White House for a celebratory press conference shortly after the bill’s passage, though they were not seen with empty cans of Bud. CBS News, however, also reported during the vote that beer was standing by for the celebration.
We’ve contacted the White House and representatives from House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office for comment on the beer delivery and will update this story if we hear back from any of them.