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The Republican party was always going to struggle to define itself post-Trump, but the scope of that challenge has become increasingly evident via the party’s bumbling reaction to growing fallout over Georgia’s controversial new voting law. 

The voting law, which includes a provision banning volunteers from delivering food or drinks to voters in line, has sparked a wave of criticism — including from major companies based in Georgia like Coca-Cola and Delta. The MLB has also protested the law by moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia. Republicans maintain that the law is designed to prevent voter fraud, an extremely rare and virtually non-existent problem in the US.

In a strange twist of events, the typically pro-corporate, hyper-patriotic GOP is now calling for boycotts of Coke, perhaps the country’s most iconic brand, and America’s favorite pastime.

“If @mlb is boycotting states that pass Republican election integrity laws, maybe Republicans should boycott Major League Baseball?” GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tweeted on Monday. 

For decades, Republicans have made opposition to raising taxes a central tenet of their political philosophy, while decrying almost anyone who called for taxes and regulations on corporations as socialists. But Republicans are currently threatening tax hikes on companies that criticize Georgia’s new law. 

“Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Monday. 

“Why are we still listening to these woke corporate hypocrites on taxes, regulations & antitrust?” Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted on Friday. 

Indeed, the same party that has consistently backed the notion corporations should be granted the same free speech rights as people is now leading the charge to punish companies that expressed views contrary to their agenda. 

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“Just mind blowing hypocrisy from the crowd that fought for years to make corporations ‘citizens’ so they could make First Amendment protected unlimited political contributions,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut tweeted on Monday. “Republicans LOOOOVE corporate free speech so long as the corporations agree with Republicans.”

And while a number of top Republicans and Fox News — the GOP’s de facto state news channel — continue to rant about the perils of “cancel culture,” the party is effectively engaging in the same behavior it’s been condemning by pushing for boycotts of major US companies and institutions they currently disagree with.

In short, the Republican party has lost its sense of self and has no discernible, cogent ideology. It’s in survival mode, as evidenced by the failing response to the backlash over Georgia’s new voting restrictions. But while the GOP effort to defend the divisive law is clumsy, the legislation itself is part of a far more coordinated, nationwide effort from the party when it comes to elections. 

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The Georgia law, signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, came as GOP lawmakers in state legislatures across the country push for a slew …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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