Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, criticized the companies for parroting President Biden’s now-discredited claims, including that Georgia’s new election law is “Jim Crow on steroids.”
“Corporations will have grave consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to take over our country from outside the constitutional order,” McConnell said in a statement. “Businesses should not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and promote bad ideas that citizens reject at the polls.”
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MLB withdrew this year’s All-Star Game and the Georgia MLB draft, and companies, including JPMorgan and Delta Airlines, condemned the recently signed voting law.
“Wealthy corporations have no problem operating in New York, for example, which has fewer early voting days than Georgia, requires excuses for absentee ballots and restricts the election campaign through snacks,” McConnell said. “There is no consistent or factual standard being applied here. It’s just a bogus narrative that picks up speed of its own accord.”
“This misinformation has a purpose,” he continued. “The Washington Democrats want to pass a comprehensive bill that will allow them to rewrite the electoral laws of all 50 states and turn the Federal Elections Commission into a partisan body run by Democrats. This takeover is impossible to defend, for what the left wants to deviate. from winning the debate, they want to silence the debate by intimidating citizens and entire states into submitting. “
Delta CEO Ed Bastian sent a notice to employees last week saying he wanted to “make it clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values.”
“The right to vote is sacred. It is fundamental to our democracy and those rights not only need to be protected but easily facilitated in a secure manner,” Bastian said.
“After taking the time to now fully understand everything in the bill, along with discussions with leaders and employees of the black community, it is clear that the bill includes provisions that will make it more difficult for many underrepresented voters, particularly black voters, exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives. That’s wrong. “
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The Georgia House of Representatives is already fighting back. The state House of Representatives voted Wednesday to strip Delta of a multi-million dollar tax break in a symbolic reprimand.
The Washington Post Fact Checker criticized Biden last week for falsely claiming that Georgia’s new law “ends voting hours earlier,” giving him the most severe rating from Four Pinocchioes for spreading the misinformation. Biden claimed repeatedly last week that the law signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, a Republican, would make it difficult for working-class people to vote.
“What worries me is how un-American this whole initiative is. She’s sick. She’s sick,” Biden said. “Decide that you are going to finish voting at 5 o’clock when workers are just getting off work.”
Biden doubled down the next day in a written statement: “Among the scandalous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours earlier so workers cannot cast their vote after their shift ends.”
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Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler wrote that Biden’s claim could not be substantiated.
“One could understand an error in a press conference. But then this same statement appeared in an official presidential statement. Not a single expert that we consulted who has studied the law understood why Biden made this statement, since this was the section of the law that expanded early voting for many Georgians, “Kessler wrote.
Thomas Barrabi and Audrey Conklin of FOX Business and Paulina Dedaj and Brian Flood of Fox News contributed to this report.