Corporations, with some prodding, aren’t quite ready to jump on the ultra wingnut blood-and-soil bandwagon.
Companies that remained silent last week as Georgia Republicans rushed to pass a law to restrict voting access reversed course on Wednesday in the face of mounting outrage from activists, customers and a coalition of powerful Black executives.
Delta Air Lines, Georgia’s largest employer, had made only general statements in support of voting rights last week and had declined to take a position on the legislation. That muted response drew fierce criticism, as well as protests at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and calls for a boycott.
But on Wednesday, Ed Bastian, Delta’s chief executive, made a stark reversal. “I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values,” he wrote in an internal memo that was reviewed by The New York Times.
Coca-Cola, another of Georgia’s largest companies, which had also declined to take a position on the legislation before it passed, made a similarly worded statement.
“I want to be crystal clear,” said James Quincey, Coca-Cola’s chief executive. “The Coca-Cola Company does not support this legislation, as it makes it harder for people to vote, not easier.”
Less than a day before the abrupt reversals, a group of prominent Black executives called on companies to publicly oppose a wave of similarly restrictive voting bills that Republicans are advancing in almost every state.
“Voter integrity” laws are, are, to use a scientific term, bullshit. Particularly in Georgia, where the now-passed legislation includes a provision to allow the presently Gerrymandered legislature to override local election boards.
And more generally, whenever wingers pull out arcane — and highly selective — “Constitutional” minutiae, you can be sure they’re peddling said bullshit.
I’m so old I remember when votes counted, and (so called) popular vote victories but Electoral College losses were strictly nerd catnip for Political Science majors like me.
But there are always those who can’t wait to pull out whatever stops they can come up with to be buzzkills.