Georgia Republicans try to retaliate after Delta Airlines CEO speaks up for voter rights

In other words, while I’d hoped Trump’s sound electoral defeat would have allowed them to escape their mind prison—a la the Wicked Witch of the West’s praetorian guard following her sudden meltdown—they’re behaving a lot more like the witch’s flying monkeys after finding the key to her liquor cabinet.

Anyway, you may have seen that Ed Bastian, the CEO of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines, came out Wednesday with a statement against Georgia’s new voter-suppression bill.

“After having time to now fully understand all that is in the bill, coupled with discussions with leaders and employees in the Black community, it’s evident that the bill includes provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters, particularly Black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives,” the statement read, in part. “That is wrong. The entire rationale for this bill was based on a lie: that there was widespread voter fraud in Georgia in the 2020 elections. This is simply not true. Unfortunately, that excuse is being used in states across the nation that are attempting to pass similar legislation to restrict voting rights.”

Of course, instead of feeling chastened, the Georgia GOP decided to punch back, Trump-style.

CNN:

The state Senate did not take up the measure before lawmakers adjourned for the year, rendering it dead for this year — but the threat underscores the potential political backlash corporations could face for opposing efforts to restrict voting.

Okay, that’s not cool. Not sure that Delta should be getting a jet fuel tax break to begin with, but that’s neither here nor there. The sick part is that the Georgia legislature is apparently determined to undermine any company that doesn’t toe the voter suppression line.

And it’s not like Georgia Republicans are trying to hide what they’re doing.

“They like our public policy when we’re doing things that benefit them,” Georgia’s Republican House Speaker David Ralston said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand.”

Is that what standing up for voting rights is tantamount to? Hand-biting?

Yeah, I say we keep this up. Keep pressuring Delta, Coca-Cola, and other big Georgia-based corporations, and if they don’t like it, they can always move. It wouldn’t be easy, but it would be better than taking this kind of nonsense from a nest of retrograde racists.

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