Former President Trump called for Republicans and conservatives to boycott a sweeping number of companies amid controversy surrounding new voting laws.
Trump called for a boycott in a statement he issued hours after MLB announced it is pulling the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to the bill, which President Biden has labeled “Jim Crow in the 21st century.” The voting bill does have new requirements surrounding voting, like proving identification such as required when operating a vehicle or boarding an airplane, however nothing regarding race, resembling legalized “segregation” or “lynching” from past Jim Crow laws exist within the voting bill.
“For years the Radical Left Democrats have played dirty by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them. Now they are going big time with the WOKE CANCEL CULTURE and our sacred elections,” Trump said in a statement on Saturday released by Save America PAC.
He then called on Republicans to “fight back,” stating that “we have more people than they do,” and urged conservatives to boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS and Merck.
“Don’t go back to their products until they relent. We can play a better game than them,” Trump stated.
The call comes as companies have publicly condemned Georgia law SB 202 and other voting legislation proposed in states throughout the U.S.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed SB 202 into law last month.
MLB this week moved the All-Star Game out of Georgia in protest of the law, the furthest action a company has taken against it.
Senate Bill 202 replaces the signature match statute with voter ID requirements, shortens the absentee ballot request period starting 11-weeks before the elections and ending 11 days before the end of the primary, election, or runoff; tightens requirements for county elections supervisors, such as requiring them to have absentee ballots counted by 5 p.m. the day after elections, bans the use of mobile voting buses for early voting except in emergencies.
Democrats and critics of the law say it amounts to voter suppression, particularly for communities of color.
Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian echoed this criticism, telling employees in a memo that “it’s evident that the bill includes provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters, particularly Black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives.”
Executives at Citibank, which Citigroup owns, also publicly opposed the law, throwing their support behind 72 Black business leaders who called on companies to push back against the legislation.
Georgia’s House of Representatives voted last Wednesday to revoke a jet-fuel tax break that benefited Delta Air Lines. House Speaker David Ralston told reporters, “you don’t feed a dog that bites your hand.” The Georgia Senate failed to debate the measure on the last day of the legislative session, but lawmakers still made their point that they would seek to reprimand the companies for participating in what they feel is the liberal agenda.