Supporters of former president Donald Trump have declared they will boycott Coca-Cola after the company said it opposed Georgia’s new voting law.
Trump, who reportedly had a Diet Coke button installed in his Oval Office desk, called on his supporters to boycott all of the “woke companies that are interfering with free and fair elections.”
His April 1 statement came after Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey announced earlier that day the company stood in opposition to the recently-passed Georgia voting legislation.
Quincey said in the statement: “We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation.”
He later added: “Additionally, our focus is now on supporting federal legislation that protects voting access and addresses voter suppression across the country. We all have a duty to protect everyone’s right to vote and we will continue to stand up for what is right in Georgia and across the U.S.”
Democrats have strongly criticized the bill with President Joe Biden branding it “Jim Crow in the 21st century” and “a blatant attack on the constitution.”
They add the law acts make absentee voting harder and create further restrictions, such as offering water to people waiting in line, which tend to be longer in more populated areas.
But, Republicans who back the bill claim it makes elections fairer and would help prevent the possibility of voter fraud.
Coca-Cola’s intervention also triggered a massive response from Trump loyalists who announced on social media they would follow his lead and boycott the company.
One Trump supporter with more than 13,700 followers posted: “Morning America: It’s time for MAGA nation to stand with President Trump and totally boycott the woke anti-American MLB and Coca-Cola corporations.
“We need to send these corporations a message. Go woke, go broke.”
Retired Colonel Rob Maness lashes out at Delta Airlines, who also condemned Georgia’s new law, while asking if “wokeacola” would be targeted by Republicans next.
Another commenter added: “Coca-Cola let me make this perfectly clear #wokeacola I’m switching to Pepsi you left partisan hack for a company.”
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, also announced in a social media statement that he would boycott Coke and would drink Pepsi instead.
Taking to Twitter, he said: “Switching to Diet Pepsi in the Schlapp house. Having to prove who you are to vote is called democracy. Allowing coordinated illegal voting is called totalitarianism.”