Politics Mitch McConnell Calls Coca-Cola, MLB and Delta 'Quite Stupid' for Opposing Voting Restrictions
Raphael Warnock REFUSES to oppose calls to boycott Georgia-based firms
Senator Raphael Warnock on Sunday declined to oppose calls by Black Lives Matter activists to boycott Georgia-based corporations for not taking a position against the state's new voting law.The Democratic senator was asked about calls by local activists to boycott Atlanta-based firms like the Coca-Cola Company, Home Depot, UPS, Arbys, and Delta Airlines.
Senate Minority Leader, a Kentucky Republican, called and companies such as Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines that have to newly approved voter restrictions in Georgia "quite stupid."
Georgia's Legislature, which is controlled by, last month passed a package significantly changing the state's election laws. , activists and a growing number of companies have come out against the legislation, which was signed into law by Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp. Critics argue that it makes it harder for people to vote. Similar legislation has been passed in the Texas , while GOP-controlled Legislatures across the country are considering related election laws.
'This bill was based on a lie': Delta CEO blasts restrictive new Georgia voting law after activist pressure
Activists pressured Delta and other companies for stronger condemnations of Georgia's new voting law."I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta's values," Bastion wrote in the memo to the Atlanta-based company.
"It's quite stupid to jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue," McConnell told reporters in Kentucky on Tuesday. "Republicans drink Coca-Cola too, and we fly and we like baseball," he added. "It's irritating one hell of a lot of Republican fans."
Although McConnell said that corporations have "the right to participate in the political process," he cautioned that they should "stay out of politics."
His remarks came after he issued related criticism of corporations' opposition to the voting restrictions on Monday.
"Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex. Americans do not need or want big business to amplify disinformation or react to every manufactured controversy with frantic left-wing signaling," the McConnell said.
Coca-Cola CEO says Georgia voting law unacceptable and 'a step backward'
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey on Wednesday called Georgia's controversial new voting law "unacceptable," and "a step backwards." Quincey made the remark in an interview on CNBC. His comments come less than one week after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed the bill, known as SB202, into law and as more business leaders take a public stance against the new measure."Let me be crystal clear and unequivocal, this legislation is unacceptable, it is a step backward and it does not promote principles that we have stood for here in Georgia, around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity, and this is frankly just a step
"From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government," he continued. "Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order. Businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and push bad ideas that citizens reject at the ballot box."
Coca-Cola and Delta have both expressed concern and opposition to changes in Georgia's election law. MLB responded to the passage of the legislationits 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver, which will cost Georgia millions in revenue.
Newsweek reached out to Coca-Cola, Delta and MLB for comment but did not immediately receive responses.
Among a number of changes,puts in place strict voter ID requirements, shortens the time voters have to request absentee ballots, makes it illegal for election officials to mail out absentee ballot applications, lowers the number of ballot drop boxes, and makes it a crime to provide water and food to people waiting in lines to vote. Republicans argue that the law makes it easier to vote and helps secure elections, but there is no evidence to suggest Georgia's elections were previously insecure.
'Woke Corporate Hypocrites': Delta, Coca-Cola Face GOP Backlash for Knocking Georgia Voting Law
Delta and Coca-Cola publicly expressed criticism of the GOP voter legislation that have been implemented in the wake of former President Donald Trump's unfounded election fraud claims. Despite Democratic lawmakers describing the laws as a return to Jim Crow-era voter suppression tactics, Georgia GOP Governor Brian Kemp and Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio accused the companies of cowering to the demands of "woke" liberals.
GOP lawmakers in Georgia, and across the country, have used former President's baseless conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was "rigged" or "stolen" by Democrats and President to justify their efforts to reform elections. But the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security—which was led by a Trump appointee—asserted in mid-November that the 2020 election was the "most secure in American history." The agency explained that "there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."
Following the 2020 election, dozens of election lawsuits brought by Trump and his supporters were rejected by state and federal courts, with judges appointed by Trump and other Republicans dismissing the allegations. Former Attorney General, who was widely seen as one of Trump's most loyal Cabinet members, said in early December that there was "no evidence" of widespread fraud that would change the election's outcome.
Trump expands boycott calls to JP Morgan, ViacomCBS, Cisco, UPS
'For years the Radical Left Democrats have played dirty by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them,' Trump said in a statement Saturday.'For years the Radical Left Democrats have played dirty by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them,' Trump said in a statement on Saturday. 'We can play the game better than them.
Furthermore, recounts and audits in battleground states—including Georgia—reaffirmed Biden's victory. The election and subsequent recounts were overseen by Georgia's Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger,.
Fact check: Georgia is not removing Coca-Cola products from state-owned buildings .
Georgia is not removing all Coke products from state-owned buildings. A group of GOP lawmakers requested the beverages be removed from their offices."Georgia removing Coke from all State owned buildings," reads an April 6 Facebook post with 1,000 shares and over 100 reactions.