A number of major corporations and organizations, like Major League Baseball (MLB), Delta Airlines, and Coca-Cola all issued fiery statements concerning the passage of a Georgia voting reform law that tightened up ID requirements but also gave voters in the state extended periods in which they can vote.
According to the Washington Examiner, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) added to the massive blowback against those corporations and their response to the issue, going as far as calling for a nationwide boycott of products produced by the Atlanta-based Coca-Cola, one of the world’s largest and most iconic soft-drink providers.
The “woke” response
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey was one of the first major business leaders to condemn the new law, which was passed by Georgia’s Republican-controlled state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp (R).
“Let me be crystal clear and unequivocal: This legislation is unacceptable, it is a step backward, and it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity. And this is, frankly, just a step backward,” Quincey said in a CNBC interview.
President Joe Biden has also repeatedly slammed the new law, calling it an “atrocity” and on several occasions, has falsely compared it to America’s Jim Crow era.
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end. We have a moral and constitutional obligation to act,” Biden said in late March, according to the Washington Post. It should be noted that The Post would later issue a “Four Pinnochio” fact-check rating on several false claims Biden has made about the law, though that hasn’t seemed to stop his continual spread of misinformation.
Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines are both headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and have been at the forefront of corporate activism in the face of the new voting reform law. MLB executives upped the anty last week by announcing that this year’s All-Star Game, which minority businesses count on to make or break their bottom line, was pulled from Georgia and moved to Colorado in protest of the new law.
Rand Paul’s response
The no-nonsense Kentucky senator offered a simple, time-tested solution to Coca-Cola diving into politics instead of focusing on making soft-drinks.
“If they want to boycott us, why don’t we boycott them?” Paul said in a recent interview on Fox News.
“This is the only thing that will teach them a lesson. If Coca-Cola wants to only operate in Democrat states and have only Democrats drink Coca-Cola, God love ’em. We’ll see how well they do when half the country quits drinking Coca-Cola,” the Republican senator added.
The soft-drink industry leader also came under fire from a group of eight Republican lawmakers this week in Georgia who asked the president of the Georgia Beverage Association to no longer serve Coca-Cola products in their offices in a boycott of the company’s political stance.
“Should Coke chose to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in the dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship,” the state lawmakers wrote.