WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that it is “very stupid” for corporations to raise policies, tightening warnings for big business to stop because Congress will consider voting rights, President Biden’s infrastructure package այլ other crucial issues.
Speaking in Kentucky, the GOP leader said he still wanted companies to give way freely to political campaigns. But as lawmakers grappled with major issues, he warned executives to drop statements by Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola and Major League Baseball in the face of Georgia’s new restrictive voting laws.
“It is completely stupid to jump into the middle of a highly controversial issue,” he told reporters.
“Republicans also drink Coca-Cola, we fly, we like baseball,” he said. “It irritates a hell of a Republican fan base.”
Usually, the colorful language of a restrained Republican leader shows the dilemma facing the party in the post-election Trump era. Many Trump-style lawmakers are taking over big business, relying more on populist, working-class themes advocated by the former president, even if they rely on deep-pocketed business donors to boost their political campaigns.
Entering the debate, McConnell finds himself in the throes of emerging cultural wars with groups pushing businessmen to remain silent before Congress on the issue of suffrage, gun violence and “other big issues.”
Congress will focus on many of these battles, particularly the Senate, as Biden’s $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure package և other priorities are the majority of votes.
“They have the right to take part in the political process,” McConnell told reporters. But he said: “If I ran a large corporation, I would be far from politics.”