Here’s Why Georgia Republicans Threatening Delta Should Be a Much Bigger Story

Like the hypocrites that they are, some Republicans in Georgia are defending Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s decision to publicly threaten Delta airlines after the company announced that it was severing ties with the NRA following the massacre at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Here’s the tweet he sent out on Monday:

For the record, all Delta did was discontinue a discount given to NRA members.

Yet this fool took to a public forum to threaten a private company unless they give into his demands to reinstate the discount to NRA members.

Let that sink in for a moment.

This is a member of government, a high-ranking official in Georgia, who’s literally threatening a private company for ending discounts to NRA members.

If this isn’t a blatant abuse of power, then I don’t know what is.

The same party that constantly pushes the “greatness of the free market” now has one of its members abusing his power in government, making threats to kill any tax legislation from which Delta might benefit, unless the company gives into his demands.

While this story has made some headlines, I still don’t think it’s getting enough attention.

For starters, Cagle should be forced to resign from office or be removed if he won’t leave willingly. I don’t care what side of the political aisle you choose to mostly align with, no one should support an elected official making threats against any company over something as silly as the fact that they ended a discount for an organization.

It’s one thing for a politician to voice their displeasure with a company for something they’ve done, but threatening one is an entirely different issue.

Then there’s the fact that this moron could have very well just put tens of thousands of jobs at stake if Delta decides to move its headquarters to another state. The Atlanta-based company could simply decide it wants to move its headquarters somewhere else, leaving thousands without jobs all because of this threat.

In other words, Cagle possibly put thousands of jobs at risk because his loyalties lie more with the NRA than the people of his state.

Again, I want to emphasize this point because I believe it’s important: This is all because of the fact that Delta ended a discount to NRA members that it’s in no way legally required to offer.

Delta isn’t denying any actual services to NRA members. It didn’t decide to remove the NRA from its discount program so it could start giving PETA members discounts instead. It’s not discriminating against conservatives as a whole in any way and nobody’s civil rights are being violated. All the company did was decide to end a discount — and Cagle felt that warranted issuing this threat against the company.

And Republicans call liberals “snowflakes”?

I think it’s important to point out that Trump’s actually done this, too. He’s taken several personal shots at Amazon because its CEO, Jeff Bezos, happens to personally own The Washington Post, a publication that refuses to serve as his own personal state-run media the way Fox News usually does. He’s also publicly criticized other companies, abusing his power, hoping to force them into doing things he wants.

It’s an extremely dangerous path we’re going down if we’re going to allow elected officials to start threatening businesses simply because of how they operate discount programs which they’re not even legally obligated to offer. Especially when it prompts threats from idiots like Cagle that actually can put thousands of jobs at risk if Delta decided they didn’t want to keep their offices in a state that tolerates politicians publicly threatening them.

Yes, if a business does something that breaks the law, or violates the Constitution, then by all means, that’s when elected officials need to step in. But in no way should any member of our government be making public threats against any company simply because they don’t personally like a decision that they’ve made.

People shouldn’t just be outraged at the fact Cagle said this, they should be pushing for his resignation. Otherwise, more and more politicians are going to start publicly threatening companies for changing or adopting policies that they don’t like.

And I don’t think that’s something either Democrats or Republicans want to become a normal occurrence.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.