Republicans are attacking corporations over their decision to condemn the controversial Georgia voting law, part of the party’s embrace of the populism espoused by President Donald Trump even as it creates tensions with traditional allies in the business community.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday accused corporations of siding with Democrats’ portrayal of the law as the new Jim Crow, which he called an attempt to “mislead and bully the American people.” He argued that it would expand, not restrict, voter access to the polls and his statement included a threat of unspecified “serious consequences” if companies continued to take sides opposite Republicans on a variety of issues.
“From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government,” McConnell said in his statement. “Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) made similar remarks in questioning why Republicans should listen to companies on policy issues after they embrace positions at odds with the party.
“Why are we still listening to these woke corporate hypocrites on taxes, regulations & antitrust?” he tweeted Friday.