Sen. Rand Paul: Boycott MLB, Companies Protesting Georgia Voting Law Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has called for boycotts of companies that have come out in opposition to the Georgia elections law. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)
By Sandy Fitzgerald | Tuesday, 06 April 2021 07:51 AM
Republicans should start boycotting corporations — including Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, and Delta Airlines — that have come out in opposition to the Georgia elections law, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. says.
"My point is if they want to boycott us, let's boycott them," Paul told Fox News' "The Story." "It’s the only thing that will teach them a lesson. If Coca-Cola wants to only operate in Democrat states and wants only Democrats to drink Coca-Cola, God love them. We’ll see how they do when half the country quits drinking Coca-Cola, and half the country quits using Delta."
His call comes after former President Donald Trump also called for boycotts against the MLB and companies protesting the Georgia law.
Late last week, the MLB announced it would pull its All-Star game and 2021 draft out of Atlanta over the election law, which sets new mandates on absentee ballot IDs, and early voting times. Critics say the law discriminates against Black voters, and President Joe Biden has compared it to the Jim Crow laws that enforced racial segregation.
Several news outlets, including the Associated Press, ESPN, and MLB Network, reported late Monday that the league plans to move the July 13 Midsummer Classic game to Coors Field in Denver.
Paul told Fox News that the corporations speaking out against the election law are "all woke, but they're doing something against the financial interest of every business. Publicly traded businesses usually don't get involved in politics because it hurts their bottom line."
The MLB took action, he said, because they "don't like a Republican law" that expands voting, not restricts it, as critics maintain.
"Georgia now has more early voting than New York," Paul said. "It's ridiculous. Even the facts don't meet what they're trying to do. "
Paul also insisted Republicans and the right aren't "using race," but Democrats and the left are.
"It's the left using race and saying everything is about racism," Paul said. "They say the filibuster is somehow racist now, even though most minorities always supported the filibuster because it defended specifically minority rights."
He also complained that the MLB is "boycotting the Georgia state law" while continuing to do business with China.
"China has never seen a free election," Paul said. "China is putting people in jail for over a year at a time for speech violations. Yet they [MLB] do business with China. But Georgia expanded their voting, they added early voting, they have more early voting than Delaware and New York, and yet they're punishing Georgia because it is some sort of Jim Crow?"
He also insisted that people "holding up Jim Crow signs" should remember "that it was the Democrats that instituted Jim Crow across the South. It's the legacy of the Democrat Party."
But the Republicans expanded voting access with Georgia's bill, said Paul, and now that companies are boycotting Georgia, he thinks "the woke" like former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, now the founder of the voting rights organization Fair Fight, and Democrats "have cost Georgia $100 million in revenues because they complained about something that they didn't read and they said something that wasn't true."