The GOP and big business used to be BFFs. But ever since some major corporations have spoken out against Republican efforts to go full fascist in recent years, these best friends have turned into frenemies; and most recently, Republicans have gone straight up Regina George on corporate America.
For example, as retaliation against Disney for finally denouncing Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Republican legislators passed a bill that Gov. Ron Desantis signed today that will strip Disney of its special district status, a designation they’ve had since 1967. This major move could leave Florida taxpayers to pay off Disney’s $1 billion debt.
In Texas, a Republican legislator threatened Citigroup's business in the state because of the company's pledge to pay for travel expenses for employees who have to travel out of state for abortion services.
And last year, GOP politicians nationwide attacked corporations like Delta Airlines and Major League Baseball for speaking out against Georgia's racist voter suppression tactics.
These intimidation tactics are the latest in the GOP's anti-democracy agenda and could signal a new era of increased corporate antagonism from Republicans.