Trump issued a new statement on Saturday expanding his calls for boycotts
Named a long list of companies that have signaled disapproval of Georgia Law
Law puts tougher restrictions on absentee voting, requiring a photo ID
Liberal activists have called for boycott on companies that don't oppose the law
Dispute has put corporate America at the center of the contentious issue
PUBLISHED: 20:22 EDT, 3 April 2021 | UPDATED: 21:04 EDT, 3 April 2021
Donald Trump has expanded the list of companies he is calling on his supporters to boycott over their opposition to a new Georgia law placing tougher restrictions on absentee voting.
'For years the Radical Left Democrats have played dirty by boycotting products when anything from that company is done or stated in any way that offends them,' Trump said in a statement on Saturday. 'We can play the game better than them.'
It came after Trump called for boycotts of MLB, Coca-Cola and Delta over the companies' stances against Georgia's new voting law, which President Joe Biden has called 'Jim Crow on steroids.'
Now Trump is calling for boycotts of JP Morgan, ViacomCBS, Cisco, UPS and Merck, all of which have signaled opposition to the new Georgia law to some extent.
Shipping giant UPS, headquartered in Atlanta, stopped short of saying it would halt political donations to politicians who supported the new law, as some liberal activists have demanded.
Instead, the company says it plans to print absentee ballots for employees who ask, offer its employees to work as volunteers at polling sites on election days, and fund organizations that hold voter registration drives.
The chief executives of ViacomCBS and Cisco signed a joint statement with about 200 other companies accusing lawmakers of imposing 'barriers that result in longer lines at the polls or that reduce access to secure ballot dropboxes.'
The CEOs of JP Morgan and Merck have both spoken out publicly opposing Georgia's new voting law.
In his statement, Trump blamed 'WOKE CANCEL CULTURE' for pressuring companies to fall in line against the new law, which defenders say cracks down on potential voting fraud.
Critics of the new law claim that it will limit voting access, particularly for people of color.