Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle doesn’t seem to understand what the crime of “extortion” is. Or at least, he doesn’t seem to care if he’s seen publicly admitting that he intends to commit that crime.
That’s exactly what he did on Monday afternoon, in a tweet about Delta Airlines, whose headquarters and largest hub are in Atlanta:
Delta was one of a number of companies to suddenly dump their corporate ties with the pro-gun organization after their disgusting and reprehensible response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, the deadliest mass shooting at a high school in American history.
The NRA has pitted themselves against the student survivors of the shooting, promoting conspiracy theories about them, criticizing their efforts to curb the rampant gun violence in America, and even letting their spokeswoman Dana Loesch take them on via Twitter, as though lives are up for debate. The NRA also turned on law enforcement, blaming the local sheriff’s department for “allowing” the shooting to take place, and proving that their pro-cop public stance only lasts as long as it takes before someone begins to criticize them.
Delta wasn’t the only company to drop discount programs and other affiliations with the NRA from their business models. Hotel chains, software companies, car rental agencies, and numerous other businesses have ended what could have turned into a toxic relationship with the now-tainted NRA.
Cagle wasn’t the only Georgia Republican to go on the attack, either. The GOP candidate to replace Cagle as Lt. Governor, Rick Jeffares, tweeted a similar sentiment before Cagle even made it to Twitter on Monday:
The two should make a handsome pair standing before an FEC board explaining why they think it might be okay to subvert democracy and force a private company to conduct its business in a way that benefits one political viewpoint over another.
The NRA, for their part, continued to sound like entitled assholes:
[This is] a shameful display of political and civic cowardice. In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.”
Thankfully, most Americans are waking up to the fact that “defending the Constitution” and “defending the ‘right’ to own any gun you want, no matter how dangerous and unnecessary” are two different things.
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