GOP Lawmakers Retaliating Against Corporations Who Speak Out Against New Voter Suppression Laws
AUSTIN, Texas — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is looking to punish Major League Baseball after the league pulled their All-Star game from Georgia over the state’s newly-passed voter suppression laws.
Many multi-billion-dollar businesses are siding with voters and publicly protesting Jim Crow-era voter suppression bills popping up in Republican-controlled states from Georgia to Texas.
As the GOP continues to hemorrhage support from key political donors in the wake of these voter suppression tactics, the supposed party of free-market principles and free speech is abusing its power to retaliate against these companies for speaking out.
Cruz and two other Republican senators introduced a bill Tuesday that would end a century-old antitrust exemption for professional baseball. Their actions echo those of other Republican lawmakers in Georgia who have sought to retaliate against companies that speak out against the voter suppression law by revoking their tax exemptions and removing their products from the state capitol.
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement:
“The Republican Party can only win through gerrymandering and voter suppression tactics. They know it, and that’s why they’re terrified of anyone who is defending voting rights — whether it’s grassroots organizers or corporations standing up for our democracy. Republicans are abusing their power as lawmakers to retaliate against anyone who speaks out against their attempts to strip away the right to vote. But Americans will not stay silent. We will fight against this legislation and defend the right to vote in Texas and across the country.”