Mitch McConnell, like many Republicans, is not happy about Major League Baseball pulling 2021’s All Star game from Georgia over the state’s newest efforts at voter suppression. In response, he’s released a statement proving that irony is dead, in which he actually broadly scolds corporations for “dabbling” in government and society, and for “us[ing] economic blackmail” for social change.
In a statement Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell defended Georgia’s new voter laws, complaining about President Joe Biden’s Administration standing up for voting rights, and about corporations and organizations choosing not to do business in a state that tries to limit which citizens vote.
Accusing the left of ‘bullying’ states into protecting the voting rights of their citizens, McConnell says, “It’s jaw-dropping to see powerful American institutions not just permit themselves to be bullied, but join in the bullying themselves.”
Yes, that’s Mitch McConnell, who fought last year to hold back COVID-19 relief until corporations were protected.
The Washington Post reported last summer on McConnell’s ongoing fight against pandemic legislation that would protect regular Americans. Then the Majority Leader, McConnell said that legislation must include five years of protection against liability lawsuits for schools, health-care institutions, and public businesses.
According to Public Citizen, corporate lobby groups paid McConnell and John Cornyn a combined total over $1.2 million to stand up for them, to the detriment of the average citizen.
This seems to contrast with the view expressed in McConnell’s new statement. “Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order. Businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and push bad ideas that citizens reject at the ballot box.”
To read McConnell’s statement without background information, one might think that the Senator doesn’t want big businesses to use their financial power and influence to have an influence on government activity. However, his own history with corporate money, including specifically the aforementioned acceptance of corporate money to influence the outcome of pandemic response, suggests a different story.
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