County commissioner explains why they ‘banned’ Coke machines
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North Carolina’s Eddie Harris said people were “sick and tired” of companies getting involved in politics and so chose to punish Coca-Cola for opposing a new Georgian voting law. He added he has received thousands of supportive messages and emails from citizens “supportive” of the move as he says companies are “out of control” in their attacks on free speech. The new Georgia voting laws have made it difficult for absentee voters to vote and limited where voters can turn up in a move Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey called “unacceptable”.
Speaking on Fox News, Mr Harris was asked to clarify what the decision actually means for Surry County.
The Surry County Board of Commissioners passed the bill banning Coca-Cola machines from all government facilities with a 3-2 vote on May 17.
The vote is now being enforced with Mr Harris sending a letter to Coca-Cola branding them a “bigoted leftist mob”.
He told the programme: “Yes it may lead to a boycott, but this is simply our attempt to push back against Coca-Cola for their actions and being out in front of the opposition to the Georgia election law.
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“As well as their woke counter culture in the United States.”
He was then asked why did he choose to address the issue in this way.
Mr Harris replied: “Well, Pepsi and Coke were out in front on this and being a county commissioner is a local position, it’s grassroots politics.
“And I contend our politics are local and so we decided we wanted to push back against this cancel culture.
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“The response has been overwhelming, it went viral and I’ve received thousands of email and phone calls right over the nation.
“But locally it’s been very supported and they’re absolutely sick and tired of this outrageous left-wing mob that is attacking freedom of speech that is completely out of control in this country.”
The Georgia voting bill was passed in response to allegations of voter fraud following Donald Trump’s election loss.
The new bill makes it harder for people to vote on behalf of others as ID and other forms of identification are required.
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Polling stations are also affected with mobile polling booths banned unless in emergency situations and food and drink also being prohibited
Mr Quincey released a statement on the Coca-Cola website back in April which read: “Voting is a foundational right in America, and we have long championed efforts to make it easier to vote.
“We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation.”
Throughout Georgia’s legislative session we provided feedback to members of both legislative chambers and political parties, opposing measures in the bills that would diminish or deter access to voting.”
Mr Harris also sent Coca-Cola a message in response to their opposition.
It read: “Michael Jordan once said ‘Republicans buy sneakers too’ when asked why he didn’t make public comments about politics.
“Citizens of Surry County and across America are growing increasingly tired of large multinational corporations and their CEOs pushing an increasingly intolerant, bigoted, left-wing, divisive political agenda on its customers.”
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