Georgia's lieutenant governor slammed Delta Air Lines Monday for joining the campaign against the National Rifle Association, and said he would back an effort to cut the state's tax cuts to the company.
Here's what he said
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle tweeted about Delta on his official social media account Monday.
I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates i… https://t.co/ZueylfrRH6— Casey Cagle (@Casey Cagle)1519671748.0
"I will kill any tax legislation that benefits [Delta] unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with [the NRA,]" he tweeted.
"Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back," he added.
Delta ended its partnership with the NRA that gave its members a discount on airfare after the shooting in Parkland, Florida. A campaign for stricter gun control centered on countering the NRA, and some on the left even blamed the gun rights organization for the massacre.
Delta released a statement defending its decision, but framed it as a repositioning to the center, not a rejection of the NRA.
“Delta’s decision reflects the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings," the statement read. "Out of respect for our customers and employees on both sides, Delta has taken this action to refrain from entering this debate and focus on its business."
"Delta continues to support the Second Amendment," they added.
A fight for values
“I’m tired of conservatives being kicked around on our values," Cagle said to reporters on Monday. "It’s time we stand up and fight and show corporations that conservative values are important, not just to Georgia but to the entire nation."
"We can fight for jobs," he added, "but we can also fight for values.”
Conservative commentator Erick Erickson explained, "if anything, Delta's actions against the @NRA have struck a blow against crony capitalism in Georgia."