Trump calls for Coke and Delta boycott over new Georgia law, despite previously criticising ‘cancel culture’

Trump calls for Coke and Delta boycott over new Georgia law, despite previously criticising ‘cancel culture’
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Ex-president Donald Trump has called on his supporters to boycott Major League Baseball (MLB), Coke and the US airline Delta after they voiced concerns over Georgia’s new voting act – despite his past criticisms of so-called ‘cancel culture’.

Such a decision was met with criticism from Trump, who issued a statement in response claiming that baseball is losing “tremendous numbers of fans”.

The Election Integrity Act, passed last month, introduces new rules on voter identification in the state, and restricts the provision of food and drink to individuals near a polling station.

The legislation has been described as “wrong” by Coca Cola boss James Quincy, while Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian said it was “unacceptable”.

Elsewhere, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that the All-Star Game would be moved from Georgia’s capital Atlanta in objection to the new act.

He said: “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB draft. Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”

Trump said: “Now they leave Atlanta with their All-Star Game because they are afraid of the Radical Left Democrats who do not want voter ID, which is desperately needed, to have anything to do with our elections.

“Boycott baseball and all of the woke companies that are interfering with Free and Fair Elections. Are you listening Coke, Delta and all!”

The comments come despite Trump previously decrying ‘cancel culture’ – a term which refers to as “withdrawing support for … companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive”.

Speaking at the Republican National Convention in August, Trump said: “The goal of cancel culture is to make decent Americans live in fear of being fired, expelled, shamed, humiliated and driven from society as we know it.

“The far left wants to co-erce you into saying what you know to be false, and scare you out of saying what you know to be true.”

Just one month prior, the politician said during a speech at South Dakota that ‘cancel culture’ is “driving people from their jobs”.

“[It’s] shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.

“This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly,” he said.

Trump wasn’t the only one calling for a MLB boycott, however, with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer also called on his Twitter followers to stop supporting the league, simply tweeting “Boycott the MLB”.

Meanwhile another conservative, Georgia congressman Buddy Carter, commented: “The MLB is pathetic. Totally caving to the lies of the Left. Boycott the MLB.”

However, Twitter users were quick to point out the “hypocrisy” behind the argument from the right:

The “hypocrisy” of Republicans has proven once again that there is always a tweet.

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