Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that the company’s position on political issues of division was “stupid,” but pointed out that his criticism did not include their political donations.
McConnell told reporters at a press conference in Louisville: “So, if I can, my warning to American companies is not to get involved in politics.” “This is not your goal. Don’t fall into the United States because of left-leaning. One of the reasons for being caught in one of the biggest political debates.”
McConnell’s comments are the third time he has resolved the company’s strong opposition to Georgia’s recently passed voting law, which occurred after former President Donald Trump falsely publicized the results of the state elections last fall. of.
Late last week, the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola both condemned the new measure. On Friday, Major League Baseball withdrew this year’s All-Star Game from Atlanta in protest against the same law. The game will be played in Colorado instead.
The decision to baseball aroused the greatest indignation among Republicans. Trump called for a boycott of baseball and many other companies that oppose the laws of Georgia.
McConnell said: “Republicans drink Coca-Cola.”
He added that the latest move “infuriated many Republican fans.”
The Georgia episode is just the latest conflict between American companies and the Republican Party. Earlier this year, some major companies announced that they would no longer make political donations to those who voted against the Electoral College vote after the fatal congressional riots on January 6.
The wider disagreement is that the products of the Republican Party are increasingly being driven by the “culture war” issue, while companies are being pressured from employees, consumers and advocates who need to exercise voting rights, LGBTQ rights and anti-racism Hard work.
McConnell, who has long been a supporter of political figures, said that the company “has the right to participate in the political process,” but that doing so should not alienate “many people.”
When he talked about criticizing company leaders for speaking out against Republican legislation, he said: “I’m not talking about political contributions.” “Most of them have contributed to both sides. They have political action committees, which are legal. I support. This is legal, and it’s appropriate. What I’m talking about is taking a stand on highly provocative issues like this and punishing a community or a country. Because you don’t like the specific laws passed, I just think it’s very silly.”
Later on Tuesday, President Joe Biden said that, like Major League Baseball (MLB), the decision to cancel the game was “very difficult.”
He said: “But when they make such judgments, I respect them, and I support their judgments. The best way to deal with this problem is to make Georgia and other states smarter. Stop it. Stop it.”