Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on Monday had a message for CEOs and corporations.
In a presser at the Capitol, McConnell stated:
"My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out politics."
You can see McConnell's remarks here:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: "My advice to the corporate CEOs of America is to stay out of politics.” T… https://t.co/Y3oQBHB71c— The Recount (@The Recount) 1617713126.0
This was a drastic departure from McConnell's prior defense of corporations in politics—in regards to Citizens United and corporate campaign donations—when he stated:
"...every corporation in America should be free to participate in the political process, not just the ones that own newspapers and TV stations."
The hypocrisy of McConnell's new position was not lost on the public.
Today Mitch McConnell told CEOs to "stay out of politics" now that they are coming out against voter suppression.… https://t.co/unjtVi2O3u— Citizens for Ethics (@Citizens for Ethics) 1617655312.0
In 2020, Mitch McConnell's allied super PAC raised more than any other super PAC in existence -- $475 million -- fr… https://t.co/90uDU1Ypgc— Robert Maguire (@Robert Maguire) 1617677559.0
Someone should ask McConnell if he thinks these corporations and CEOs should "stay out of politics" https://t.co/AhMiWhSmmA— Robert Maguire (@Robert Maguire) 1617708479.0
@MSNBC He’s been paid off for years by big corporations— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@✌🏼rosanna arquette) 1617718718.0
@RoArquette @MSNBC He's one of the losers that wanted to let corporations have the same rights as people. He needs to go.— SnakePlissken (Secretary of Sex) (@SnakePlissken (Secretary of Sex)) 1617719017.0
@CREWcrew Yup. https://t.co/4WxPltB1nX— TLDarby 🍁🌿🍎 Proudly Anti-Fascist (@TLDarby 🍁🌿🍎 Proudly Anti-Fascist) 1617656399.0
@MSNBC Then corporate CEO’s should keep their money out of Republican campaign coffers. @GOP @SenateGOP @HouseGOP… https://t.co/VFYM9wIt7Y— TrumpWho? (@TrumpWho?) 1617717355.0
@maggiePaintet @CREWcrew @RWPUSA @ewarren @SenWarren @SenWhitehouse @SenSanders @RepValDemings @SenateDems… https://t.co/MYTdk01kB0— Camila 🌻🐝 (@Camila 🌻🐝) 1617662317.0
@Creek03612100 @CREWcrew https://t.co/bx8Hifp2N7— Winford Patel (@Winford Patel) 1617671347.0
@MSNBC "But let me take your money first that I made available to you due to the tax cut we gave you in 2017 so you can shape politics."— ssampson_Hate has left the WH. Hope has arrived (@ssampson_Hate has left the WH. Hope has arrived) 1617716906.0
@CREWcrew @forester6291 @LeaderMcConnell Mitch McConnell is right Companies should stay out of Politics and should… https://t.co/y11gibBT8J— FreedomfrmGOP (@FreedomfrmGOP) 1617658263.0
@MSNBC Mitch. There's nothing wrong with companies standing up for America & being activists for what is right. The… https://t.co/oLoCmdAJwp— A New Yorker (@A New Yorker) 1617717025.0
McConnell's prior stance was related to large donations he was receiving on behalf of corporations. His new stance is because of some of those same corporations opposing Republican attempts to enact voter suppression laws.
McConnell later clarified his position didn't apply if the corporations were writing him a check.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on hypocrisy of telling corporations to "stay out of politics": "I'm… https://t.co/hntybxOJzR— The Recount (@The Recount) 1617728000.0
What McConnell will say next is anyone's guess.