Following passage of Georgia's new voting law, multiple CEOs of major American companies tripped over themselves to condemn the law when America's far-left woke brigade came showed up with torches and pitchforks and threatened to blacklist them if they didn't do more to condemn the law.
CBS News even got in on the act with a "news" story headlined "3 ways companies can help fight Georgia's restrictive new voting law."
And their efforts worked. For example:
- Delta CEO Ed Bastian quickly toed the line when informed by the left that his initial statement on the bill wasn't acerbic enough and issued a condemnation falsely stating that the law "could make it harder for many Georgians, particularly those in our Black and Brown communities, to exercise their right to vote."
- Major League Baseball pulled the All-Star Game out of Atlanta following pressure from corporate sponsors and the government — including President Joe Biden — and announced the game would take place in Colorado, which has voter ID laws similar to the new Georgia law.
- Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey caved to the mob and joined the chorus of lies about the Georgia law, saying it "would diminish or deter access to voting."
More than 60 other executives from other businesses have come out to publicly blast the law, the Hill reported. Those companies include American Express, HP, Nordstrom, MasterCard, Starbucks, Verizon, Uber, Pfizer, Google, GE, Merck, Bank of America, and Boeing.
Nearly 200 companies have signed a statement denouncing other Georgia-style voting laws "threatening to make voting more difficult" that are being debated across the country, the Washington Post said.
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said this week that it's time the GOP stand up to woke CEOs.
Cruz took to the op-ed pages of the Wall Street Journal on Thursday to inform those CEOs that Republicans are done with them and wished them luck when taxes and regulations start to bury them and they have to knock on Democrats' doors for help.
The senator began his piece, "Your Woke Money Is No Good Here," blasting the businessmen for clearly not reading the Georgia law and instead relying on crib notes from left-wing activists:
Had these watch-me-woke-it-up CEOs actually read the bill—instead of parroting the radical left's talking points—they'd have discovered they had no idea what they were talking about. A clutch of business leaders tried to win woke Twitter points and clowned themselves instead.
Cruz then said it's time for Republicans to stop ignoring these outrages from CEOs simply because they are "job creators" and to instead strike back. It's past time to put these "fair-weather friends" in their place:
This time, we won't look the other way on Coca-Cola's $12 billion in back taxes owed. This time, when Major League Baseball lobbies to preserve its multibillion-dollar antitrust exception, we'll say no thank you. This time, when Boeing asks for billions in corporate welfare, we'll simply let the Export-Import Bank expire.
For too long, woke CEOs have been fair-weather friends to the Republican Party: They like us until the left's digital pitchforks come out. Then they run away. Or they mouth off on legislation they don't understand—and hurt the reputations of patriotic leaders protecting our elections and expanding the right to vote. Enough is enough. Corporations that flagrantly misrepresent efforts to protect our elections need to be called out, singled out and cut off.
The lawmaker, who admitted that he had received $2.6 million in corporate PAC contributions, said that from now on he's taking no more of their money. Liberal CEOs and companies have spent years, along with their left-wing pals, attacking GOP values without paying a price.
That time is over, Cruz declared.
"As America's greatest basketball player observed years ago, Republicans buy sneakers, too. We cast votes, too," Cruz warned. "And we pay attention when CEOs come after our own just so they can look good for a few editorial pages and radical activists."
"To them I say: When the time comes that you need help with a tax break or a regulatory change, I hope the Democrats take your calls, because we may not. Starting today, we won't take your money either," he concluded.