The GOP has always had a cozy relationship with corporations and now Moscow Mitch says businesses should 'stay out of politics.' I guess it means send us your money and then keep quiet
TPM: April 5, 2021 1:08 p.m.
While Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) statement decrying the “bullying” of Americans by corporations might mark a new low in the once-fruitful backscratching relationship between corporate American and the GOP, the tension between the two institutions has been building and moving us in this direction for some time.
The shift has some of its roots in several of today’s culture-war battles, and may have started along with the outcry over the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. Tensions grew in the era of Trump as celebrities became increasingly vocal in their push for LGBT rights and anti-racism causes. The flurry of Black Lives Matter protests over the last several years popularized racial and social justice efforts. After George Floyd protests swept the nation this summer, brands increasingly spoke out against racial injustice as GOP’s obsession with grievance politics grew. Hasbro somehow found itself at the center of a controversy for being politically correct about a potato toy.
While corporations have long profited from the pro-business policies pushed by the right, there was another noticeable shift after the insurrection — the Republican Party not only found itself continuously fighting regressive and bizarre culture wars, it also became the anti-democracy party. With a leader who incited a violent attempt to halt normal democratic operations and a Party filled with state level politicians desperate to restrict voting and validate his lie, members of the corporate community seem to be coming around to the conclusion that the Republican Party is not on a sustainable path.