Republican Mitch McConnell, a minority leader in the U.S. Senate, criticized the agencies for taking a stand on social justice issues and warned that it would have “serious consequences.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday warned of “serious consequences” if they used their economic power to support what he described as leftist reasons, including opposition to Georgia’s new voting law.
“From the electoral law to the radical social agenda, from environmentalism to the Second Amendment, some parts of the private sector have jumped on the bandwagon,” McConnell said. “If corporations become the vehicle of the left to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order, it will have dire consequences.”
Delta Air Lines Inc. And a number of corporations, including Coca-Cola Co., have criticized McConnell for criticizing Georgia’s new election law. Major League Baseball has withdrawn its All-Star Game from Atlanta, a move backed by President Joe Biden.
Some Republicans have called for retaliation against the MLB and other organizations that have criticized Georgia’s law. South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan has said he would end the baseball no-confidence motion, a position backed by Senate Republicans Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.
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McConnell dismisses comparisons to Georgia’s new voting law with Jim Crowe-era voting restrictions for African-Americans. He said many Democrat-run states, including New York, have fewer early polling days than Georgia’s new law requires, and he noted that most Americans vote in favor of voter ID requirements.
“No one really thinks that this current conflict has come anywhere near the horrific racist barbarism of isolation,” he said. Democrats are trying to pass a strong federal law on voting the debate, he said.
“We need to stop the private sector from taking signals from outreach-industrial complexes,” McConnell said. “Americans do not need or want big business chaos or respond to every generated debate with front-left signals, or big business.”
Democrats say Georgia’s law is intended to frustrate the Democratic vote after Democrats Rafael Warnock and John Osof won two Senate seats in January. Former President Donald Trump also lost the state to Joe Biden in the November election, and he unsuccessfully pressured Georgian officials to encourage the result.
Georgia’s new suffrage law includes a new identification requirement for mail-in ballots instead of signatures, which lawmakers say will make the system less thematic. Voters must enter their driver’s license number or provide alternatives.
The law gives the legislature more power over elections, restricts deadlines for requesting absent ballots, and other measures that limit access to voting. The law allows drop boxes for mail-in ballots – which were approved under the Epidemic Rules last year – but there are strict restrictions on their use.
The run-off election will be held just four weeks after the first round of voting. The run-off that elected Warnock and Asoff came two months after the November election.