GOP lawmakers give Delta Airlines ultimatum to support NRA or lose tax benefits
By: Dinah Goldwyn, Xiro Xone News February 27, 2018 Updated: 5:20 AM PT
In what some have called “a threat” to Delta Airlines, republican politicians from the state of Georgia are threatening Delta Airlines whose headquarters are located in Georgia, with blocking any legislation that will help the company. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican, said he will “kill any tax break for Delta, unless the airline revived its discount program” referring to discounts the airline offered to NRA memebers.
Georgia State Sen. Rick Jeffares told the press, “I'm leading the charge to let Delta know their attack on the NRA and our 2nd Amendment is unacceptable.”
Delta is one of many corporations that recently cut ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) when they refused to support gun safety for American citizens amid the, mass shooting that killed 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland Florida.
Delta responded to the threat by the state lawmakers with a statement that read:
“Delta informed the National Rifle Association Saturday that the airline will end its contract for discounted fares for travel to the association's 2018 annual meeting. The company requested that the NRA remove Delta's information from its meeting website.
Delta’s decision reflects the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings. Out of respect for our customers and employees on both sides, Delta has taken this action to refrain from entering this debate and focus on its business. Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment.
This is not the first time Delta has withdrawn support over a politically and emotionally charged issue. Last year, Delta withdrew its sponsorship of a theater that staged a graphic interpretation of “Julius Caesar” depicting the assassination of President Trump. Delta supports all of its customers but will not support organizations on any side of any highly charged political issue that divides our nation.”