(USA Features) Reaction by several major corporations to Georgia’s new voter reform law once again highlights a shift away from the Republican Party, a traditional base of support, as a new ‘wokeness’ is being embraced by more CEOs.
Political operatives who spoke to the Washington Examiner said that the GOP can no longer rely on big business to back conservative policy priorities if they are seen as not protecting corporate bottom lines.
The shift comes as a growing number of Republicans are considering legislation and policies that would essentially punish corporations including many Big Tech platforms and “woke capitalist” CEOs.
The outlet noted that the shift began in earnest during former President Donald Trump’s administration. As a means of shoring up U.S. competitiveness with foreign companies and nations, Trump implemented higher tariffs and restrictive trade policies that were not generally supported by big corporations.
As for Georgia’s new voter ID law, it is being criticized by corporate CEOs as unfairly targeting minorities, though Republican lawmakers in the state, as well as GOP officials including Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, have pushed back.
In response to the corporate shift, Republicans are beginning to pursue new policies aimed at taking harder stances on anti-trust laws, for instance.
Three GOP senators sent a letter recently to the Federal Trade Commission in which they argued the agency had not taken a tougher regulatory stance with Google during the previous Democratic administration.
“The FTC’s failure to enforce the nation’s antitrust laws signaled to similarly dominant market participants, in tech or elsewhere, that compliance is optional,” they wrote. “In other words, lax enforcement of our laws encourages lawlessness.”
Other Republicans have also taken a tougher stance against Corporate America, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
“Parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government,” he said this week. “Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order.”
One GOP operative said that the rift between the GOP and corporations was only going to grow.
“No. 1, China,” the consultant told the Washington Free Beacon. “No. 2, growing support for Republicans from voters without college degrees.”