Sanders, speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Monday, pointed out the hypocrisy of Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) suddenly and publicly criticizing corporations now that they’re not on his side of the voter suppression issue.
“Imagine that, after a trillion dollars of tax breaks for large corporations, lowering the corporate tax rate, after protecting the pharmaceutical industry for charging us, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs,” said Sanders, “Mitch McConnell and his friends are very upset that some corporations are now saying that it is an outrage that, in Georgia, they are trying to destroy Democracy.”
Sanders went on to say that the Republicans’ media circus over the corporations’ opposition to their bill is “nothing more than a deflection.” The Vermont senator said that Republicans like McConnell are simply trying to distract the public from the fact that the party has launched a coordinated effort across the country to suppress votes, especially those of people of color and poor people.
Organizations like Major League Baseball and many companies like Patagonia have denounced the new elections bill in Georgia, which makes it harder for people to vote and gives politicians more control over whose votes count. This has caused Republican leaders to begin speaking out against corporations and calling for boycotts of companies, even as they bear a large part of the responsibility for corporations’ continued outsized influence over American politics.
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