Just hours ago, Donald Trump's campaign manager – Corey Lewandowski – was arrested in Florida and charged with battery for intentionally grabbing and bruising the arm of reporter Michelle Fields against her will at a Trump campaign earlier this month.1
Despite overwhelming video evidence showing Lewandowski pursue Fields from behind and then aggressively yanking her back, Trump immediately issued a statement defending his campaign manager and calling him “absolutely innocent of this charge.”2
There is no reason that Coca-Cola and other corporations should be sponsoring this clear support of violence.With their sponsorship of this summer’s Republican National Convention (RNC), where Trump will be coronated as the next GOP presidential nominee, Coca-Cola is signaling their support for Trump’s divisive, violent and bigoted platform.
We will not accept Coca-Cola’s legitimization of Trump’s violent, hateful, and authoritarian politics. Demand Coca-Cola immediately end its sponsorship of the RNC.
We need to hold every company that gives Donald Trump a platform accountable. It is wholly unacceptable that a company like Coca-Cola – claiming to be a champion of inclusivity – is willing to fund an opportunity for Donald Trump to advance his message of hate and violence. By forcing corporate sponsors like Coca-Cola to abandon the RNC we will put significant financial pressure on Republicans to do everything in their power to stop Trump.
Until Justice is Real,
Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Evan, Brittaney, and Bernard
1. “Trump campaign manager Lewandowski charged with battery,” CNBC, 03-29-2016
2. “Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski charged with battery for grabbing Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields,” NY Daily News, 03-29-2016
3. “ Critics lash out at Trump over white supremacist backing,” RawStory, 02-28-2016
4. “#BlackLivesMatter Protests Trump In Alabama, Trump Responds: "All Lives Matter",” Real Clear Politics, 02-28-2016 http://act.colorofchange.org/go/5915?t=17&akid=5589.1942551.Yn2EgP
5. "Global Diversity Mission," The Coca-Cola Company
6. "Fueling the Fire:Violent Metaphors, Trait Aggression, and Support for Political Violence," George Washington University https://act.colorofchange.org/go/5754?t=21&akid=5589.1942551.Yn2EgP
7. "The State of Hate: White Supremacist Groups Growing," The Leadership Conference
8. "Antigovernment militia groups grew by more than one-third in last year," SPLC, 01-04-2016