'Woke Corporate Hypocrites': Delta, Coca-Cola Face GOP Backlash for Knocking Georgia Voting Law

Corporate executives at Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola are facing backlash from Republican Party lawmakers after they criticized "unacceptable" new GOP voting legislation in states like Georgia.

Delta and Coca-Cola, which are massive employers in the Atlanta area, publicly expressed criticism of the GOP voter legislation that have been implemented in the wake of former President Donald Trump's unfounded election fraud claims. Despite Democratic lawmakers describing the laws as a return to Jim Crow-era voter suppression tactics, Georgia GOP Governor Brian Kemp and Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio accused the companies of cowering to the demands of "woke" liberals.

Dear @Delta:

You are business partners with the Communist Party of #China

When can we expect your letter saying that their ongoing genocide in #Xinjiang is "unacceptable and does not match Delta's values"??? #WokeCorporateHypocrites

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 1, 2021

Rubio used a "#WokeCorporateHypocrites" hashtag last week to ridicule the company executives who are criticizing the recently passed GOP voter law in Georgia. Republicans on social media also echoed this hashtag by demanding boycotts of the companies coming out against the GOP voter laws and said they are not "restrictions."

"Dear@Delta: You are business partners with the Communist Party of #China When can we expect your letter saying that their ongoing genocide in #Xinjiang is 'unacceptable and does not match Delta's values' ??? #WokeCorporateHypocrites" Rubio tweeted Thursday.

Last week, Delta CEO Ed Bastian issued a statement blasting the new voting legislature in Georgia.

"It's evident that the bill includes provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters, particularly Black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives. That is wrong," Bastian said

Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey reiterated this sentiment, telling CNBC Wednesday that such voter ID laws are "unacceptable" and clearly targeting Black voters. He reaffirmed the company's stance that they've "always opposed this legislation," which civil rights organizations have also said are racist.

Rubio joined numerous GOP figures including Donald Trump Jr., who mockingly used a "get woke, go broke" mantra against Delta Airlines. And Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said executives at corporations like Coca-Cola clearly had failed to even read the contents of the bills. Speaking with Fox News' The Ingraham Angle, Paul said "all of these proposals make it easy to vote and hard to cheat...they don't even bother to read the bills." The host of that program, Laura Ingraham, said the companies are all just "falling in line" as they did last summer during the Black Lives Matter rallies in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Republican Brian Robinson, an ex-aide to former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, said companies are simply reacting to "Twitter mobs demanding reaction to their false narrative," as the Associated Press reported. Democrats, by comparison, have accused the GOP voting bills of seeking to dismantle the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that require the federal government to approve all election procedures even on the state level.

Newsweek reached out to Rubio and Paul's offices for additional remarks Saturday morning.

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A Delta Airlines plane is seen at the gate at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), Utah, on October 5, 2020. Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images