Some interesting stuff is happening in the wake of the Republican/white supremacist terrorist attack on the Capitol. One of the interesting moves is that businesses no longer want to be seen getting into bed with the party of MAGA, the party of white supremacy, the party of terrorist coups. Businesses which have, historically, donated money to the Republican Party or specific Republican candidates and congressmen are now suspending those donations. And in the case of Josh Hawley, one of his donors is asking for their donation back.
Hallmark Cards said Monday that it wants U.S. Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Roger Marshall of Kansas to return employee campaign donations, after the senators challenged Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. The Kansas City-based greeting card company said its employees donated $7,000 to Hawley and $5,000 to Marshall during the last two years through the Hallmark Card political action committee, The Kansas City Star reported.
“Hallmark believes the peaceful transition of power is part of the bedrock of our democratic system, and we abhor violence of any kind,” Hallmark spokeswoman JiaoJiao Shen said in a statement. “The recent actions of Senators Josh Hawley and Roger Marshall do not reflect our company’s values. As a result, HALLPAC requested Sens. Hawley and Marshall to return all HALLPAC campaign contributions.”
Neither Hawley’s or Marshall’s office immediately returned messages seeking a response to Hallmark’s request.
Hallmark’s political action committee generally spends between $50,000 and $60,000 annually on campaign activities, with donations divided nearly evenly between Republican and Democratic candidates, Shen said.
Commerce Bank, another Kansas City-based company, announced on Monday that it also would suspend donations to any members of Congress who opposed recognizing Biden’s victory. Several other large companies, including American Express and JPMorgan Chase have either suspended donations to members of Congress who voted against certifying Biden’s win, or have suspended political donations altogether.
It is absolutely WILD to me that in the year 2021, we have private companies like Twitter, Facebook and HALLMARK showing more responsibility towards democracy than elected officials in the House and Senate. It’s wild to me that corporations like Hallmark are issuing statements like “we believe in the peaceful transition of power.” Anyway, out of all of the post-coup repercussions, hitting these MAGA ratf–kers in the pocketbook is the thing which will hurt them the most.
Hawley also appeared on white supremacist Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show last night, where Carlson asked him questions solely about… his book deal getting cancelled. Hawley was not questioned at all about how he incited terrorism and sided with a fascist coup.
Josh Hawley is interviewed on Fox News… about his book not being published pic.twitter.com/qinn8iHZTr
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) January 12, 2021
Biggest loser this week was unquestionably Trump. But Josh Hawley was a runner-up. Many Senators now despise him, the public saw a craven opportunist giving the mob a clenched-fist salute, his top sponsor Jack Danforth denounced him & a publisher canceled his book. More to come. pic.twitter.com/LFWI1dnkp9
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) January 9, 2021
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