Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stuck his foot in his mouth again on Tuesday by demanding that corporations “stay out of politics” after several big businesses came out in opposition of a voter suppression law passed by Georgia Republicans.
The backlash against the new Jim Crow law has only been increasing in recent days as Major League Baseball, Delta, Coca-Cola and many others publicly condemn it. And Republicans have been throwing a fit about it ever since.
In fact, McConnell even went so far as to demand corporations “stay out of politics” even though he still wants them to donate money to campaigns.
“My warning to corporate America is to stay out of politics,” McConnell said. “I’m not talking about political contributions. Most [corporations] contribute to both sides … that’s fine, it’s legal and appropriate, I support that. I’m talking about taking a position on a highly incendiary issue like this and punishing a community or state because you don’t like a particular law. I just think it’s stupid.”
McConnell also accused corporations of becoming a “vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.”
Here’s the video via Twitter:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics.”
That should do it. pic.twitter.com/DXPRXLsAlR
— The Recount (@therecount) April 6, 2021
Remember when Republicans incited their supporters to storm the Capitol in January to overthrow democracy even though President Joe Biden won the election fair and square? I do. That was a true attempt to “hijack our country outside the constitutional order,” and one that Republicans not only aided and abetted, they refused to punish disgraced former President Donald Trump for it.
Also, I recall Republicans claiming that corporations are people who have constitutional free speech rights. In fact, Republicans have been letting corporations write bills for them for years. But here’s McConnell telling corporations to “stay out of politics” unless they want to give him or other politicians money.
Clearly, Republicans only have a problem with corporations now because they are voicing opposition to voter suppression laws in red states.
Americans scorched “Moscow” Mitch for his hypocrisy.
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) April 6, 2021
What Mitch McConnell was really saying to big corporations.
Stay out of politics but keep the money flowing to my wife.
— John Giovanni Pierni (@jpierni) April 6, 2021
Let’s be honest. Mitch McConnell doesn’t want corporations to “stay out of politics.” He just doesn’t want them telling the truth about what he and his allies are doing. He doesn’t want big business to bet on the future. He wants them supporting the injustices of the past.
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) April 6, 2021
Mitch McConnell: corporations are people except when they support voting rights pic.twitter.com/0wVnzA6M9q
— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) April 6, 2021
Corporate America should heed Mitch McConnell’s warning to stay out of politics by stop giving money to the GOP. pic.twitter.com/yLf9AnPRBs
— Gordon McClendon🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@GordonMcClendon) April 6, 2021
Said: “Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.”
Not said: ‘We only want right-wing billionaires to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.’ https://t.co/bPi9jABX3p
— Sheldon Whitehouse (@SenWhitehouse) April 6, 2021
The hypocrisy, it burns. https://t.co/Lq4wDKXYWg
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 6, 2021
1. Mitch McConnell took $4.3 million from corporations over the last 5 years to fund his campaigns and now he wants corporations to “stay out of politics”https://t.co/KM3sxYwe0b
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 6, 2021
All of a sudden Mitch McConnell wants corporations out of politics. Apparently, he just likes their money, not their opinion.
— VoteVets (@votevets) April 6, 2021
In 2020, Mitch McConnell accepted more campaign donations from Fortune 500 CEOs than anyone else. https://t.co/5Uf839jyTl
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) April 6, 2021
Dear @LeaderMcConnell: I look forward to you banning corporations from lobbying you and other Senators on legislation. Until then, your warning makes no sense. If a corporation supports a law, that is politics just like if a corporation opposes a law. https://t.co/wef4e3M9lV
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) April 6, 2021
Corporations need to shut down donations to Republicans immediately. Then watch how fast Republicans repeal the Georgia law so that contributions can resume.
Featured Image: Screenshot