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Douglas Andrews / Apr. 6, 2021

Mitch McConnell Lays Into Corporate America

When it came to calling out the new “woke” corporate America, the Kentucky senator didn’t pull any punches.

Much has been made of the rift between Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell, but there seems to be precious little daylight between the two of them when it comes to corporate America’s craven capitulation to the woke Left and its simultaneous abandonment of its traditional Republican allies.

Over the weekend, the former president called for boycotts of Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck, all of whom have given to swapping spit with the woke Left. “For years,” Trump said, “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. It is finally time for Republicans and Conservatives to fight back.”

And yesterday, in the wake of Major League Baseball’s utterly disgraceful boycott of Georgia, whose democratically elected officials had the temerity to pass a modest and sensible series of anti-fraud voter reform measures, Senate Minority Leader McConnell came out swinging — and his first punch was a straight right hand to the chops of Joe Biden, who lately has proven himself to be a race-baiting scoundrel of the first order.

“We are witnessing a coordinated campaign by powerful and wealthy people to mislead and bully the American people,” McConnell began. “The President has claimed repeatedly that state-level debates over voting procedures are worse than Jim Crow or ‘Jim Crow on steroids.’ Nobody actually believes this. Nobody really thinks this current dispute comes anywhere near the horrific racist brutality of segregation. But there’s an old cynical saying that ‘history is just the set of lies agreed upon.’ And a host of powerful people and institutions apparently think they stand to benefit from parroting this big lie.”

For the normally reserved McConnell to have attacked a sitting U.S. president — a president who was for decades his Senate colleague — in such a way is telling. But Biden deserves every bit of it. Indeed, it’s hard to recall a more despicable series of utterances from a sitting president than Biden’s “Jim Crow” and “un-American” and “sick” and “atrocity” smears regarding Georgia’s voter-integrity law. Not even the hard-left Washington Post could keep from giving him four Pinocchios.

Nor did McConnell spare corporate America, whose relationship with the Republican Party is now publicly unraveling. “It’s jaw-dropping to see powerful American institutions not just permit themselves to be bullied,” he said, “but join in the bullying themselves. Wealthy corporations have no problem operating in New York, for example, which has fewer days of early voting than Georgia, requires excuses for absentee ballots, and restricts electioneering via refreshments. … 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.”

What’s behind the Left’s efforts to both bully and woo corporate America? To drive a wedge between its political enemies and the business sector? HR 1, that’s what — and real, honest-to-badness voter suppression. As McConnell continues, “This disinformation has a purpose. Washington Democrats want to pass a sweeping bill that would let them rewrite all 50 states’ election laws and turn the Federal Election Commission into a Democrat-run partisan body. This power grab is impossible to defend, so the left wants to deflect. Instead of winning the debate, they want to silence debate by bullying citizens and entire states into submission.”

The time for choosing is upon us — and more than that, it’s on corporate America. Will you respect the political beliefs of all Americans? Or will you continue to segregate us by political color?

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