The Walt Disney Company has joined a handful of other corporations who have announced that they will no longer make contributions to lawmakers who opposed certifying the electoral college votes that spelled President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
According to the Post Millennial, a Disney spokesperson said in a Wednesday statement cited “the insurrection at our nation’s Capitol” as the reason for pulling campaign donations, calling the riot “a direct assault on one of our country’s most revered tenets: the peaceful transition of power.”
Although we wholeheartedly agree with Disney in their characterization of the chaos at the Capitol, the long-beloved entertainment giant proceeded to explain their refusal to commit anymore campaign donations to the legislators who still voted against the certification of electoral college votes.
“In the immediate aftermath of that appalling siege, Members of Congress had an opportunity to unite—an opportunity that some sadly refused to embrace,” the statement went on. “In light of these events, we have decided we will not make political contributions in 2021 to lawmakers who voted to reject the certification of the Electoral College votes.”
The Post Millennial notes that Disney did not appear to have pulled donations from Democrat politicians who endorsed the Black Lives Matter movement, whose “peaceful protests” last year descended into nationwide riots that destroyed countless homes and businesses. Instead, while BLM was stoking division and rage, Disney and its subsidiaries promoted the BLM message.
— Disney (@Disney) May 31, 2020
This is not the first time Disney has stood at odds with conservative lawmakers.
Back in May, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who opposed the certification of the electoral votes, introduced a bill to block federal assistance to film studios that self-censor in order to appease the Chinese Communist Party.
While Big Tech giants including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft planned to temporarily suspend all political giving pending a review of their policies, Disney’s announcement to cut financial ties only with certain lawmakers follows suit with other big names who vowed to halt funding after drawing a tenuous connection from the Capitol riot to the refusal to certify electoral votes.
The Motion Picture Association said in a statement on Tuesday night that it was “shocked and saddened by the horrific events” at the Capitol last week.
Patrick Kilcur, the MPA’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, said the entertainment industry union would suspend contributions “for the foreseeable future” to the eight senators and 139 representatives who voted to reject votes from Arizona or Pennsylvania.
Comcast and AT&T, parent companies of Warner Bros. and NBCUniversal, respectively, pledged on Monday to stop their contributions as well.
Predictably, Amazon also suspended its PAC contributions to lawmakers who opposed the certification, saying it did not wish to support an “unacceptable attempt to undermine a legitimate democratic process.”
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