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Wed Apr 7, 2021, 01:43 PM

Opinion: McConnell's self-defeating battle against woke CEOs

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's recent warning to the corporate CEOs of America that they would face serious consequences for using "economic blackmail" to protest against voter suppression laws is neither a gaffe nor a misstatement. Rather, it reflects the state of a Republican Party that is settling into its post-Donald Trump identity.

McConnell's "advice" to the business leaders to "stay out of politics" and not to pick sides "in these big fights" came after several major American companies, including Delta and Coca-Cola, which are both headquartered in Georgia, condemned the state's new laws restricting ballot access and Major League Baseball decided to move this year's All-Star Game out of Atlanta in protest of the move by the Republican-controlled state government.

Although McConnell's comments appeared most targeted at corporate response to Georgia's new law regarding voting, he expanded his critique of business taking positions on political issues that differ from those of the GOP. "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 said in a statement on Monday.

These comments sound particularly absurd coming from a leader of a Republican Party that for generations has been the party of big business, not least because CEOs and other business leaders have long been an important fundraising source for the Republican Party and for McConnell specifically. While McConnell may be upset about business opposing Republican efforts to make it more difficult for people to vote, his party would suffer if CEOs decided to stay out of politics by stopping their campaign contributions.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/opinion-mcconnell-s-self-defeating-battle-against-woke-ceos/ar-BB1foTBv

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 01:49 PM

1. Call it what it is: hypocrisy.

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Response to grumpyduck (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 02:01 PM

2. The Other Problem with Mitch's Threat is That GOP Doesn't Control a Single Branch of Government

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Response to Indykatie (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 02:17 PM

3. On top of that neither he nor the Koch Bros. can control what other transnational corporations do

The article writer doesn't seem to recall that many major banks have stopped donating to Republicans after Jan. 6

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 03:35 PM

4. Coca Cola is very much invested in Georgia

They have a headquarters and a museum in Atlanta. They have every right to speak out when their home state is on a questionable path that may be incompatible with their brand and their values.

This is neither a convincing example of cancel culture nor corporate meddling.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 08:57 PM

5. so "woke" is the new thing they're using now...

like it's a bad thing. Stupid vile fucks...

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Response to bahboo (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 9, 2021, 03:04 AM

9. Precisely,like its a bad thing to be enlightened, aware

Of the things going on around u. Apparently the GQP all got the memo from mitch saying use woke in a derogatoey fashion to push back against libs &corps. Duh

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 09:28 PM

6. Those big, expensive MCU superhero films are shot in Georgia. Hmm...

I've sat through the end credits on enough of them to see that big Peach logo.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Apr 7, 2021, 11:28 PM

7. It's a bold strategy, Cotten....

Let's see if it works out for him.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Apr 8, 2021, 10:46 AM

8. He really means "People should keep out of politics."

"Just let me run things and keep your damn noses out of my business!"

-- Mal

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