Dave of Dave’s Soda and Pet City posed with President Trump. Now he’s under fire

Dave Ratner (second from left) behind President Trump has come back to haunt Ratner, big time.


There’s trouble at Dave’s Soda and Pet City, where owner Dave Ratner has learned a tough political lesson. Will his Western Mass. customers give him a second chance?


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Dave Ratner, the face of Dave’s Soda and Pet City in Western Mass, has received a lot of blowback after he was at the White House when President Trump signed an order on health care.

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President Trump claimed his predecessor never called families of service members killed, an assertion that was swiftly countered by former members of President Obama’s staff.

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President Trump and Senate leader Mitch McConnell had kind words for each other after Trump earlier said he wouldn’t take blame for GOP inaction.

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According to a New Yorker report, President Trump joked about Mike Pence’s views on gay rights, saying, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”

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How much good will does half a million dollars buy in Congress? We may find out when Raytheon’s top lobbyist faces US senators for his confirmation to become secretary of the Army.

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