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Trump calls for boycott of more companies over Georgia voting law

Rebecca Falconer
Sat, April 3, 2021, 8:06 PM

Former President Trump on Saturday added to a list of organizations he's calling on supporters to boycott for opposing Georgia's voting restrictions.

Driving the news: Trump on Friday urged a boycott of "woke companies" that have taken a stand and Major League Baseball for moving its All-Star Game out of Georgia, adding: "Are you listening Coke, Delta." In his new statement, he said: "Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck."

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What else he's saying: Trump accused "Radical Left Democrats" of playing dirty by boycotting companies that offend them.

  • "Now they are going big time with WOKE CANCEL CULTURE and our sacred elections," Trump said.

  • "It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back — we have more people than they do — by far!" he added, before making a series of complaints, including about the 2020 presidential election, and then wishing: "Happy Easter!"


The other side: Democrats have criticized the new law, with President Biden calling it "Jim Crow on steroids."

  • Citigroup declined to comment, and the other companies named in Trump's boycott list did not immediately return Axios' requests for comment.

Go deeper: CEOs, corporations speak out against Georgia's voting restrictions

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.


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All of these leagues would be smart to just stay out of the politics.....with the 50/50 split all they do is alienate at least half of their base....or more....


Some business model....!


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"Economic blackmail": McConnell condemns corporate backlash to Georgia voting law

Maria Arias
Mon, April 5, 2021, 11:07 AM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a statement Monday accusing U.S. corporations that oppose the GOP-sponsored law curbing voting access in Georgia of using "economic blackmail to spread disinformation."

Why it matters: Dozens of CEOs and corporations have spoken out in the wake of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signing the new law, which institutes strict new ID requirements, gives the Republican-controlled state legislature more control over elections, and limits the use of ballot drop boxes, among other restrictions.

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  • Many of the statements of opposition came after activists threatened to boycott Georgia-based corporations, such as Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines.

  • The MLB announced last week that it would move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta as a result of the new restrictions.

What he's saying: “We are witnessing a coordinated campaign by powerful and wealthy people to mislead and bully the American people," McConnell said in the statement.

  • "The President has claimed repeatedly that state-level debates over voting procedures are worse than Jim Crow or ‘Jim Crow on steroids.’ Nobody actually believes this," he continued.

  • "Nobody really thinks this current dispute comes anywhere near the horrific racist brutality of segregation. But there’s an old cynical saying that ‘history is just the set of lies agreed upon.'"


McConnell points to a Washington Post fact-check that debunked a claim by President Biden that the Georgia law "ends voting hours early," and he calls it "the big lie" — a phrase frequently used by Democrats to describe former President Trump's false claims about widespread election fraud.

  • “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," McConnell argued.

  • "Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order. "

Driving the news: McConnell's statement comes just two days after Trump urged his followers to boycott corporations that have spoken out against Georgia's voting restrictions.

  • Trump specifically targeted MLB, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck.

Go deeper: CEOs, corporations speak out against Georgia's voting restrictions


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F U Mitch.  I can boycott and intend to do so.  In fact I already do that. List getting bigger. I’ve even started informing them of my doing so. I can and do fine without those companies and so can the rest of Americans 

You need an ID to do anything in this country. The list is way to long to type here. Probably even need one to take a bathroom break now days.  So why isn’t that considered wrong or disenfranchising? Everybody seems to have IDs for all these other functions in society. What’s the big deal? Seems to make sense to require it to vote too. 

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Mitch McConnell now wants companies to 'stay out of politics'

Peter Weber
Tue, April 6, 2021, 1:22 AM

Republicans sound really angry about the criticism from some big private companies about Georgia's controversial new election law, especially Major League Baseball's decision to move its All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver in response. On Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned of unspecified "serious consequences" if corporations and other "parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government." Later in the day, McConnell told big businesses to "stay out of politics."

Statements like this from McConnell and other prominent Republican officials have led to speculation about the durability of the GOP's long alliance with corporate America on lower corporate taxes, less regulation, and other policies. But McConnell has also been "among the most outspoken champions of the role of big money in elections, promoting the free-flow of undisclosed dollars to campaigns as a form of Constitution-protected free speech," The Associated Press reports.

When McConnell celebrated the Supreme Court lifting political spending limits by "outside" groups in 2010's Citizens United, Politico's Bill Scher notes, he said, "For too long, some in this country have been deprived of full participation in the political process ... the Constitution protects their right to express themselves about political candidates and issues up until Election Day." And a ruling laying the groundwork for Citizens United actually bears McConnell's name, Slate's Mark Joseph Stern adds:


Georgia GOP lawmakers have also threatened specific economic retaliation against Coca-Cola, Delta, and other companies that criticized their law law. "The increasingly aggressive pushback against politically outspoken companies is the latest, and perhaps purest, illustration of a party at a philosophical crossroads," Politico reports. "During the 2017 GOP tax reform push, the party slashed the corporate rate from 35 to 21 percent. In return, they have been bolstered with industry money and political support. Now, however, they're betting that they can win on a backlash to the idea that political correctness has entered the boardroom and is irreversibly damaging conservative causes."


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Trump spotted with what looks like a Coke after calling for boycott

Brendan Morrow
Tue, April 6, 2021, 10:09 AM

Former presidential adviser Stephen Miller just offered a new glimpse at former President Donald Trump's post-presidency office — and Twitter detectives have naturally gotten to work analyzing every inch of it.

Miller on Monday tweeted out a photo of himself with Trump in the former president's office at his Mar-a-Lago resort, which The New York Times' Shane Goldmacher took note of as the "first picture that I've seen of the new office set up." One bit that immediately jumped out? Just behind Miller was what seemed to be a small statue of Trump.


But there was also the fact that tucked away behind a phone was what appeared to be a soda bottle that looked suspiciously like a Diet Coke — despite the fact that Trump just called on his supporters to boycott Coca-Cola after the company expressed opposition to Georgia's new voting law.


To be fair, though, after Trump literally had a "Diet Coke button" in the Oval Office, boycott or no boycott, trying to kick the habit might be easier said than done.


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Humm, when was the Last time you saw a 6 or 12 Ounce Glass Bottle of any Beverage with that old Tin Cap to boot?


I haven't seen them since I was a kid collecting bottle to exchange for cash.



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Mitch McConnell clarifies that he'd still like corporations to give money to politicians

Tim O'Donnell
Tue, April 6, 2021, 1:34 PM

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday reiterated his belief that American corporations should stay out of political issues like Georgia's controversial new voting law. But he clarified that he's still alright with companies making political contributions.

On Monday, McConnell responded to Georgia-based companies that have criticized the law (as well as Major League Baseball's decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta) by accusing them of "dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government." Because of that, he warned, businesses will "invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order."

He followed that up the next day telling "corporate America" to "stay out of politics" because "it's not what you're designed for." Later, though, he explained he wasn't talking about "political contributions" from corporations, of which he remains a proponent. "I'm talking about taking a position on a highly incendiary issue like this and punishing a community or a state," he said.


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20 hours ago, caddieman said:

I guess cancel culture is ok now that Trump says so! 


Sorry. Not cancel culture according to your definition. There is the same products services still available to all. He didn’t say to eliminate gender et al. He didn’t say never fly an airplane again or never drink a soda. He said to avoid some businesses. It’s called choice.  You make choices everyday who you patronize.  I have the right to do that too. If their competitors start making more money then they are they might rethink getting into politics. Also if my boycotting doesn’t hurt them and they continue on like they are so be it. It’s a free market. 
If our current occupant of the White House put out a list then you could boycott them if you like. I can also decide to patronize those businesses on purpose if I choose as well. Once again I have the right to do that.

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