The Trump wing of the Republican Party went further down the rabbit hole of authoritarianism this week when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (MTG) (R-Ga.) threatened to target corporations with congressional probes if they chose not to donate to insurrectionist GOP lawmakers like herself.
In the wake of the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021, hundreds of corporations across the country stopped donating to Republicans who supported the violence and the attempt to overturn the 2020 Election.
Many of those companies have since betrayed their decision to stand by democracy and have begun donating to those Republicans again. But during an appearance on Steve Bannon’s podcast on Wednesday, Greene told those companies to “lawyer up” and threatened them with congressional investigations.
“You know what they did after January 6, Steve?” Greene began. “They stopped donating. All the lobbyists, all the big corporations stopped donating to a whole bunch of my Republican colleagues that they used to donate to. They said: ‘Oh no, we can’t support you because of the big lie,’ or whatever they want to call it.”
“There is going to be investigations coming,” Greene continued. “And there should be. There definitely should be, because the way corporations have conducted themselves, I’ve always called it corporate communism.”
The Supreme Court ruled in 2010 that political donations are a form of free speech protected by the First Amendment. Therefore, corporations have the right to decide whether to donate to a certain party or candidate or not. Corporations acted responsibly and rationally when they chose to stop donating money to Republicans who supported or aided the scheme to overthrow democracy. Republicans are certainly not entitled to political donations.
Now Republicans like MTG want to punish corporations for not giving them money, which is a wanton assault on the First Amendment and democracy. This is the kind of authoritarian behavior we can expect if Republicans take control of the House and Greene gains more power. She is already openly demanding more power or else.
Americans must stop this fascist takeover before it’s too late. Failure means endless persecution and corruption for the next two years.
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