U.S> Sen. Lindsey Graham sharply criticized corporate CEOs for shifting away from their traditional alliance with the regulation-and-tax cutting Republican Party to embrace ‘woke’ left-wing political ideology pushed by Democrats who want to impose new financial and regulatory burdens on their companies.
In an interview Thursday evening with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the South Carolina Republican noted that Democrats in Congress want to move quickly with President Joe Biden while they have the majority to implement a far-left agenda that includes, among other things, a repeal of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax reform law that drastically lowered the corporate tax rate.
He also noted that corporate donations have dramatically slipped in Georgia following that state’s passage of a voter integrity law that has been wildly mischaracterized by the left.
“They are trying to intimidate corporate America to abandon the Republican Party. Here’s my message to corporate America, corporate Georgia: have you lost your mind? Don’t you realize that the only thing between you, and your companies, and your shareholders and the Democratic agenda of high taxes, incredible regulations, and unbelievable spending is the Republican Party?” Graham said.
(Source: Fox News)
“Don’t you realize that the…two Democrats in Georgia, in the United States Senate, are fully on board for the most radical agenda in the history of the country when it comes to tax spending and regulation? So they’re intimidated,” he continued.
The senior senator from South Carolina went on to note that major corporations are refusing to donate to Republicans this year.
“Here’s what happened two days ago when I was in Georgia speaking to the annual Republican Party fundraising dinner for the Republican Party of Georgia: 18 corporations who gave money last year, decided not to give a dime this year,” he told Hannity.
“Only one corporation in Georgia helped the Republican Party, Georgia Power. They lost $150,000 because corporations in Georgia have been intimidated by this idea of Jim Crow 2.0,” he continued, referencing Democrats’ nickname for the Georgia voting law, which is actually not as stringent in its voter ID requirements and other voter integrity provisions as those in Biden’s home state of Delaware.
“So I’m going to give $75,000 from my campaign to the Georgia Republican Party who we’re going to need to take the Senate seat back in Georgia,” Graham pledged.
The two GOP incumbents — Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue — were ousted by Democratic contenders David Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, though the latter is coming up for reelection next year because he won a special election after Loeffler was appointed in late 2019 by GOP Gov. Brian Kemp after Sen. Johnny Isakson retired.
Later in the interview, Graham discussed the overall future of the Republican Party, which he said cannot succeed and move forward without Trump.
“I would just say to my Republican colleagues, can we move forward without President Trump? The answer is no,” he said in reference to embattled Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyoming) decision to vote to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 riot, as well as criticism him for his claims of widespread voter irregularities during the 2020 election cycle.
“I’ve always liked Liz Cheney, but she’s made a determination that the Republican Party can’t grow with President Trump. I’ve determined we can’t grow without him,” Graham said.
Calling the GOP the “Trump Republican Party,” Graham said that tens of millions of Americans embraced the former president’s “economic populism” and “America First agenda.”
“If you don’t get that, you’re making the biggest mistake in the history of the Republican Party,” Graham said.
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