Trump Urges Republicans to ‘Never Submit,’ Boycott Companies Over Georgia Voting Reform Opposition

 

By Janita Kan    April 4, 2021 Updated: April 4, 2021

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday continued his calls for Republicans and conservatives to stand firm against the campaign by several large corporations to openly oppose newly enacted election reforms in Georgia.

This comes as corporations are being compelled by activists to take a stance on the ongoing public battle over voting rights and election integrity in America. Georgia recently voted to enacted a sweeping number of election reforms aimed at protecting the sanctity of the ballot box. However, Democrats, some civil rights activists, and other critics say the law would disproportionately impact minority groups’ accessibility to voting in the Peach State.

Top executives from several large corporations such as Coca-Cola, Citibank, and Delta Airlines have come out to condemn the law amid mounting pressure from progressive civil rights groups. Similarly, the Major League Baseball (MLB) said on Friday that it intends to protest the Georgia law by moving its All-Star Game and Draft out of Atlanta.

Former President Barack Obama made his position on the state election reforms known in a Twitter post on Saturday, congratulating the MLB for “taking a stand on behalf of voting rights for all citizens.”

But Trump said in his latest statement on Saturday evening, “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 WOKE CANCEL CULTURE and our sacred elections.”

Trump had previously issued two other statements related to the unfolding saga.

“It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back—we have more people than they do-by far!”

He called on his supporters to boycott the 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,” Trump said. “We can play the game better than them. They didn’t even get approval of State Legislatures, which is mandated under the U.S. Constitution.

“Never submit, never give up!”

Georgia’s legislature passed SB 202 following concerns about voting integrity in the November 2020 election, when a number of states implemented changes to voting regulations and procedures to expand mail-in voting to ensure voting wasn’t limited by the pandemic.

The 95-page law adds a slew of changes to the way Georgians vote, including requiring photo or state-approved identification to vote absentee by mail. The law also mandates that secure drop boxes be placed inside early voting locations with constant surveillance, and expands early voting across the state.

The law also shortens the election cycle from nine weeks to four weeks and requires a minimum of one week of early voting before election day. People who wish to vote absentee are faced with new requirements as well.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and other state officials have pushed back on accusations that the law “suppresses” voting rights. They say that instead, the law seeks to expand voting access, streamlines vote-counting procedures, and ensures election integrity and legal votes.

Following the corporate opposition to the law, other prominent Republicans have spoken out against the companies. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) on Saturday separately criticized the MLB for their decision to “cave” into the pressure. Rubio also highlighted the hypocrisy of MLB’s move of boycotting Georgia, when the business recently signed a deal with Chinese-owned Tencent, which is said to have ties with the Chinese Communist Party.

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