A Republican from Kentucky asked all of his supporters to stop drinking one of the nation’s oldest soda beverages because its maker became political.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wants every GOP supporter to boycott Coca-Cola’s entire product line because company chief executive James Quincey has publicly opposed Georgia’s new voting laws.
“My point is if they want to boycott us, why don’t we boycott them?” he said in a video shared on YouTube. “This is the only thing that will teach them a lesson.”
Paul accused the Atlanta-headquartered beverage maker of siding with the Democratic Party in opposing Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s recent decision to sign Senate Bill 202 into law.
“If Coca-Cola wants to only operate in Democrat states and wants only Democrats to drink Coca-Cola, God love ’em,” the senator said. “We will see how well they do when half [of] the country quits drinking Coca-Cola.”
Quincey previously accused the Peach State legislation of being unreasonable and unprogressive.
“Let me be crystal clear and unequivocal, this legislation is unacceptable, it is a step backward, and it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia, around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity, and this is frankly just a step backwards,” he said according to The Hill.
Several major companies have expressed strong disapproval of the legislation that requires voters to produce identification for absentee ballots, drop boxes to be limited, and early voting hours amended across the state. They include Delta Air Lines, JP Morgan Chase, and Major League Baseball.
“Well, you know they started it,” Paul said. “Major League Baseball wants to boycott the whole state of Georgia, including Atlanta. They have already got rid of the All-Star Game and the draft.”
Paul questioned the commercial sense in CEOs using nationally televised interviews to take sides in political matters.
“They are all woke but they are really doing something that is against the financial interests of every business,” he said. “Publicly traded businesses usually do not get involved with politics because it hurts their bottom line [and] because it makes the country unhappy.”
He also revealed the bill would not make it harder for working Georgians to cast their ballot at all.
“They are doing it because they do not like a Republican law, a law that actually expands voting and does not contract voting,” he said. “Georgia now has more early voting than New York has, so it is kind of ridiculous. Even the facts do not meet what they are trying to do.”