Yesterday the CEO of Delta came out to slam the new Georgia election laws. Not only was he swatted back by Governor Brian Kemp, but news came out the state legislature responded by declaring if the company opposes the government so much it does not need a fuel tax break they provide the company.
Well, tuck this one into the Not Learning Lessons File, as the CEO of Coca-Cola is the next to get the details of the law incorrect, as he slanders the legislature.
EXCLUSIVE: Coca-Cola CEO says the restrictive Georgia voting law is "unacceptable…it is a step backward…"
Quincey also says "this legislation is wrong, and needs to be remedied, and we will continue to advocate for it both in private and in now even more clearly in public" pic.twitter.com/cdruteEiat
— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) March 31, 2021
And you even know that.
— THE Velvet (@TMIWITW) April 1, 2021
Then let Coke relocate to New York or California
Get to steppin.
— VK… (@vjeannek) April 1, 2021
And as expected, when it comes to complaints about details such as voter ID requirements those lodging the complaints are also found to be ”guilty” of holding a very similar style of ID mandate of their own. Coke appears to oppose activities it engages in itself.
Say, James –
Will you remedy the same requirement your company has regarding showing ID. Seems backward, intolerant, and racist of Coca-Cola to require showing ID to a shareholders meeting. https://t.co/fBXK8wtn7v pic.twitter.com/ObL59gpbKe
— Brad Slager- AKA 'Brad Eagle', formerly 'The Crow' (@MartiniShark) April 1, 2021
Huh. And they JUST got done imposing their anti-racist training recently! This is dire!
But beyond this, there was nothing specific we heard about WHY this law is so horrible. Mr. Quincy had no details to offer in this manner.
All these corporate elites are saying “it’s wrong” and “it’s backwards”…… but why?? What about the new laws is that way? Georgia was under the microscope in November. These law removes questions of futures issue… why are they complaining.
— President-Elect Awesome (@TCA_Reviews) April 1, 2021
Still haven't heard "how" or "why" the law is so egregious. Until then, marionettes and parrots continue to highlight the menu I guess.
— David Kaylor (@DavidKaylor13) March 31, 2021
What about Delaware‽ pic.twitter.com/JvWDTLuZGM
— Neanderthalic Oblivion (@SchiffSchumer) March 31, 2021
This CEO OF COCA COLA just said a whole lot of words without hardly saying anything at all! Pure rhetoric!
— SolCB (@SolCB2) April 1, 2021
If the company was hoping to engender itself to those in opposition to the law they managed to fail at that as well. Few were swayed into thinking this was a genuine outrage by Coke.
Coke wants it both ways: Enjoy the pro-biz Republican voting advantage and yet position itself as against voter suppression. That's why Coke waited until AFTER the bill was passed to voice opposition — and then only after significant backlash. The company's fooling no one.
— Joseph Landi (@JosephLandi) April 1, 2021
It's been signed into law.
Company statements are not going to push the GA legislature to actually do anything to overturn a law they shoved through in the first place.
— Just Dave ⛏✭ (@El_Daverino) March 31, 2021
You dug yourselves in.
You need to put in MUCH MORE energy in reversing your error in judgment.
— Linda Kemp, MCIS DSc(abd) #BlackLivesMatter (@LindaLarsonKemp) March 31, 2021
Then there is the money issue.
Took them long enough. Tell Georgia Republicans that all donations will cease until this abhorrent law is repealed.
— Andrew Goss ?USAF? (@Goss30Goss) March 31, 2021
Well, that is one option. But as the legislature showed, there is a two-way street as far as that goes. Coke could find itself facing some tax breaks being removed.
It all comes down to one reality — if James Quincy had simply chosen not to comment at all on the issue nobody would be angry at the company today.