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U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) seems to be warning authoritarian corporate virtue-signalers that payback for them could be, to use one of the liberals’ favorite words, problematic.
In a blistering open letter to increasingly woke and self-congratulatory corporate America particularly in the aftermath of big business’s condemnation of Georgia’s new voting law, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee set forth a political prediction:
“There is a massive backlash coming. You will rue the day when it hits you. That day is November 8, 2022. That is the day Republicans will take back the Senate and the House. It will be a day of reckoning. ”
In the letter published on the Fox Business website, Scott metaphorically compared elitist corporate CEOs to emperors with no clothes who think they are morally superior to ordinary Americans.
And he vowed to do away with corporate welfare if the GOP gains control of the congressional agenda.
“Your latest attempts to hurt Georgia’s economy will help us do something that is long overdue – make corporate welfare a thing of the past.
“There will be no number of well-connected lobbyists you can hire to save you. There will be no amount of donations you can make that will save you. There will be nowhere for you to hide. It turns out that power does corrupt, and you have become corrupt. American taxpayers will soon stop tolerating your lies, your attempts to denigrate them, and your attempts to control the way they think, act, talk.”
Note that the Republican-controlled Georgia House has already voted to rescind tens of millions in tax credits for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines after the company’s CEO ripped the voting law. It remains to be seen if the state senate will take the necessary parallel action, though.
Parenthetically, Steve Hilton of Fox News and conservative activist Rob Smith have also come to the conclusion that the GOP should shelve any business-friendly legislation that benefits corporations run by woke CEOs.
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Sen. Scott noted that the abrupt decision by Major League Baseball to pull the All-Star Game from Atlanta harmed ordinary workers and small businesses who still haven’t fully gotten back on their feet from COVID-related disruptions to the economy.
Making matters worse, the Florida senator and former governor of his state accused corporations of prevaricating about the actual substance of the Georgia law.
“But you are lying. You are lying to Americans, lying to each other, and lying to yourselves. You know that everything you have said about the election reforms in Georgia being racist is a lie.
“You know that the Georgia law actually expands early voting and does nothing to suppress or curtail the voting rights of anyone. And yes, the Georgia law requires an ID to vote. Well, so does Delta Airlines, and so does Major League Baseball in order to pick up tickets.”
Scott could have also added that beer vendors at MLB games have the right to request ID before serving customers.
Scott also slammed the corporate news media for being “just as dishonest” as its business counterparts.
The senator implied corporate PR departments pay disproportionate attention to left-wing Twitter. “You give the woke mob concession after concession, hoping to buy time to rake in more cash under your watch. You feed the rabble leftist mob that is shouting that America is racist, hoping they won’t come for you.”
He also called out hypocritical corporations for their enthusiasm about doing business in China, despite that country’s rampant human rights abuses.
“So, cancel as many people as you can right now. Make as much money off of slave labor in Communist China as you can now. Keep telling your customers how racist and sexist and unsophisticated they are. The backlash is coming.”
In an appearance of Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom, Sen. Scott implied that he was fed up with lectures from corporate CEOs who are caving to far-left mobs especially since the American public supports legislative efforts aimed at upgrading voting integrity.
“If you’re a racist for asking for an ID, then every airline is a racist, every car rental company is a racist, every bank’s a racist…we want to have an election that there’s no fraud,” he added.
“This is not suppression when you ask somebody for an ID… it’s not racist when you say, ‘oh gosh, your signature has to match,’ or you have to prove who you were if you’re gonna vote by absentee ballot.”
(Source: Fox News)
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