Republicans have long been known as the party of big business, but what happens when the top corporations come out as openly partisan left-wing activists?
In the latest sign of corporate America’s “woke” turn, companies including Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines have intervened on the side of President Joe Biden and fellow Democrats in a battle over voting rights in Georgia. According to Fox Business, the two Atlanta-based businesses condemned the state’s new election integrity laws amid pressure from left-wing activists.
Corporate America steps in
At first, the companies were lukewarm in their response as outrage began brewing last week among Democrats and their activist base. But today’s woke culture pressures every citizen and every corporate brand to raise their fists in solidarity, and eventually, they buckled.
After Democrats, led by Biden, invoked dramatic comparisons to Jim Crow racism and segregation, the companies condemned the law that simply requires photo ID for absentee ballots, limits drop boxes, and reduces the time allotted to request absentee ballots.
In a statement Wednesday, Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian said he wanted to “make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values” and said that it was based on the “lie” that voter fraud impacted the 2020 election, according to Fox Business.
Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO James Quincey meanwhile called the law “disappointing” and reportedly said the company is “supporting federal legislation that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country.”
Biden, for his part, has trumpeted lies about the law, which actually expands early voting, falsely claiming that it closes the polls at 5 p.m. in the state.
“You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand”
In a stunning act of retaliation, Republicans in the Georgia state House voted Wednesday to strip Delta of a multi-million dollar tax break, although the state Senate adjourned before considering the move, according to the Daily Mail.
“They like our public policy when we’re doing things that benefit them. You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand,” said Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R).
The controversy is merely the latest example of major corporations embracing left-wing causes like Black Lives Matter, straining traditional ties with the historically pro-corporate GOP. Coca-Cola recently sparked backlash for instructing employees in diversity training to be “less white,” as the New York Post reported.
It certainly suggests that things have changed when Democrats, the putative party of the working class, can bring a company like Coca-Cola to its knees with the ring of a bell. Even JPMorgan jumped in to denounce Georgia, as Fox Business noted.
One wonders how much longer corporate America can keep pushing to the left before a severance occurs.