Georgia Republicans let the threats fly after Delta ends special perk for NRA members

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National Rifle Association members will no longer get discounted Delta flights to the NRA’s annual convention, and Georgia Republicans are Not. Having. It. If you were wondering whether these politicians are more loyal to the gun lobby or the largest private employer in their state, consider the question answered:

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R), who leads the Georgia State Senate, demanded on Monday that Atlanta-based Delta, one of the state’s largest employers, make a choice: Stop punishing the NRA, or watch Republican lawmakers strike down a $50 million sales tax exemption on jet fuel, of which Delta would be the primary beneficiary.

“I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA,” Cagle tweeted. “Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.”

According to Cagle, if Delta doesn’t give NRA members a special discount, it means the airline is “discriminating against law-abiding gun owners.”  The tax break is now in serious danger of failing in the state Senate after having passed the state House.

Republicans usually love these corporate tax breaks to benefit specific major companies in their states, but not, apparently, if said company has recently taken a tepid step against treating the NRA as almighty. Call it guns vs. corporations, call it guns vs. jobs—either way, the answer is clear, and the answer is guns.

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