(RepublicanInformer.com)- Mitch McConnell is not having it any longer.
The Senate minority leader has warned that big businesses would end up facing “serious consequences” if they want to employ “economic blackmail” to influence voting laws.
McConnell’s comments come after Major League Baseball decided to relocate its All-Star Game from Atlanta because of Georgia’s new voting laws. In a statement released Monday, McConnell said:
“From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbing in behaving like a woke parallel government. Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.
“Businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and push bad ideas that citizens reject at the ballot box.”
With MLB pulling a big-time event out of Georgia, other corporations were quick to condemn Georgia’s new voting laws. Companies such as Coca-Cola and Delta came out against the voting laws, caving to public pressure.
Typically speaking, conservatives are more favorable to larger businesses. But, this latest move by MLB has angered more than just McConnell.
On Tuesday, McConnell reiterated his points at a news conference in Kentucky. He said corporate America needs to “stay out of politics” and not be “intimidated by the left.”
He said it was “stupid” for MLB to “jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue.”
At the Kentucky press conference, he was asked how he balances criticizing these companies’ participation in politics with his support for Citizens United. His response:
“They have a right to participate in the political process. They do. But selecting how you do that in a way that doesn’t completely alienate an awful lot of people who depend on your products strikes me as not very smart.
“Republicans drink Coca-Cola, too, and we fly, and we like baseball.”
Ever since Georgia passed the new voting law, liberals have been attacking it as a form of voter suppression. They’ve been putting out words that the laws are worse than those of the Jim Crow era. And President Joe Biden has even participated in that rhetoric, too.
McConnell countered that, saying:
“Nobody really thinks this current dispute comes anywhere near the horrific racist brutality of segregation.”
In his statement, he added:
“Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex. Americans do not need or want big business to amplify disinformation or react to every manufactured controversy with frantic left-wing signaling … It’s jaw-dropping to see powerful American institutions not just permit themselves to be bullied, but join in the bullying themselves.”
All along, Republicans have been touting the new Georgia voting laws as moves that will make elections more secure. They’ve also said the law actually expands access to voting for residents of the state.
One example is that every county in the state must now have at least one drop box for absentee ballots. Early voting in many of Georgia’s counties has been expanded as well.
In other words, don’t believe everything you hear or read from the left.