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McConnell Blasts Corporate Response To Georgia’s Voting Laws

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed big corporations Monday for promulgating a “fake narrative” about the new Georgia voting bill — or as President Joe Biden put it, “Jim Crow on steroids.”

McConnell heavily criticized Biden and corporations for spreading disinformation about the new law in a statement. The bill implements voter laws that require, among other things, that voters provide a photo I.D. such as a driver’s license when they submit an absentee ballot.

McConnell cited The Washington Post, saying they debunked Biden’s claims about the new law and that an overwhelming majority of citizens favor voter I.D. requirements.

“From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government. 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,” McConnell said in the statement.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) talks to reporters with Sen. John Thune (R-SD) (L) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) following the weekly Senate Republican caucus luncheon in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

“The Washington Post has repeatedly debunked White House lies about legislation in Georgia: ‘In reality, Election Day hours were not changed and the opportunities to cast a ballot in early voting were expanded.’ Plenty of Democrat-run states allow fewer days of early voting than the new Georgia law requires,” McConnell continued. “More than 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of Democrats and a supermajority of independents, favor commonsense voter I.D. requirements; even so, Georgia will accept alternatives to driver’s licenses to verify absentee voters. All the facts disprove the big lie.”

MLB announced Friday afternoon that they will move the All-Star game and draft out of Atlanta due to the state passing the new election law. (RELATED: ‘Caved To Fear’ — Gov. Kemp Slams MLB For Pulling All-Star Game Out Of Georgia Due To New Voting Law)

“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,” McConnell added. “There is no consistent or factual standard being applied here. It’s just a fake narrative gaining speed by its own momentum.”

Before the announcement, Democratic Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff broke with Biden, saying he won’t support moving the MLB’s All-Star game out of Georgia in protest of the state’s new divisive voting law. (RELATED: Georgia Sen. Ossoff Breaks With Biden Over Baseball Boycott Due To New Voting Law)

Two of the largest companies based in Atlanta, Delta and Coca-Cola, along with a range of other corporations have criticized the new law.