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Charlie Sykes: GOP Blending "Anti-Corporate Class And Culture War Into One Bundle" Going After Businesses

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"The Bulwark" founder Charlie Sykes weighed in on the decision by Major League Baseball to move this year's All-Star game out of Georgia in protest of a new voting law passed by the Republican state government.

"What I think is interesting is watching the number of Republican senators and congressmen that are reacting to this by threatening legislative retaliation," he said. "We're in a new era right now, where Republicans have decided to blend together their anti-corporate class warfare, culture war into one bundle. And they're going to be focused on going after companies and businesses, threatening their tax breaks, threatening the anti-trust exemption of Major League Baseball. This is going to be a very interesting new era. How far are they going to be willing to use government power to punish private entities that take political positions they don't like?"


CHARLIE SYKES: Does this politicize the system and whether or not this makes it easier for Republicans to overturn, say, the 2024 election. The retaliation against Brad Raffensperger is a real red flag in this legislation.

Having said that, there's no need to gild the lily then, if you look at the intention and the possible implications of this, you don't need to engage in the over-the-top rhetoric like Jim Crow 2.0.

Jim Crow was a very specific thing. It was -- and you laid out what it was.

This bill has a lot of flaws.

But I think the danger of over-the-top rhetoric is the risk of discrediting the attacks. And you're seeing this right now, the blowback among the Republicans is more that you're misrepresenting this bill.

And Governor Kemp, and I'm not a fan, lays out the differences between the Georgia law and the New York law, and my concern is that what's happening is, is that some of the critics are losing their credibility and it will make it harder, not easier to fight against some of these voter suppression laws across the country.

And that's the problem, when you go to DEFCON 1 or DEFCON 5, I always get those confused, and say, this is Jim Crow 2.0, where do you go when you have an overt attempt to overturn elections or an overt attempt to suppress the election. I'm not defending the Georgia law, I'm just saying the concerns are legitimate enough without going so far as to say that a Jim Crow 2.0, that it actually makes it easier to vote early.

So, MLB, did that go too far? I think it's going to be interesting, where are they going to go now, considering that some of these other states also have voter I.D. requirements. Also have limited early access.

What I think is interesting is watching the number of Republican senators and congressmen that are reacting to this by threatening legislative retaliation. We're in a new era right now, where Republicans have decided to blend together their anti-corporate class warfare, culture war into one bundle. And they're going to be focused on going after companies and businesses, threatening their tax breaks, threatening the anti-trust exemption of Major League Baseball. This is going to be a very interesting new era. How far are they going to be willing to use government power to punish private entities that take political positions they don't like?
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