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Coca-Cola wants to 'find common ground' after declaring that conservative policies are unacceptable

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/15/2021 Zachary Faria
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Coca-Cola is trying to pretend it cares about bringing people together after attacking conservatives about Georgia’s new voting law. Its newly discovered bipartisanship is a fraud, given that it bent the knee to angry progressives pressuring it to comment.

“We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together to listen, respectfully share concerns and collaborate on a path forward. We remain open to productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company told the Washington Examiner. "It’s time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy.”

Except that entire statement is a lie. Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey completely ignored the actual facts around Georgia’s bill, which expanded opportunities for voters in the state, choosing instead to join the Democratic Party’s fact-free assault on Georgia Republicans. Quincey called the bill a “step backward” and said it was “unacceptable.” Now, the company wants to make up with conservatives after lashing out at them first.

What is actually unacceptable is lobbying against a bill that would ban imported goods made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region. Coca-Cola, which now pretends that “we all want free and fair elections,” seems far more concerned with keeping Congress from looking too much into its sugar facility in Xinjiang than it does about China's lack of elections or the genocide and forced labor of the Uyghurs.

Coca-Cola does not want “everyone to come together” or to have “productive conversations” with lawmakers who have differing opinions. It isn’t interested in common ground. It jumped on a partisan lie to smear the state of Georgia and its new election law. That kind of corporate-speak about compromise and collaboration would have been welcome if it were Coca-Cola’s initial response to the Georgia law. Now, it’s nothing more than damage control.

Coca-Cola doesn’t get to say “we all want the same thing” after jumping on a partisan lie to declare that what one side wanted was an unacceptable step backward. If the company really cared about finding common ground, a good way to start would be to apologize and admit no one there actually read the bill, including the CEO. But that won’t happen, so its faux play for unity is irrelevant.

Tags: Beltway Confidential, Coca-Cola, Democrats, Conservatives, Republicans, Georgia, Voter ID Laws, Voting rights, Uyghurs

Original Author: Zachary Faria

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