Levi Strauss CEO Chip Bergh denounced Georgia‘s voting-integrity law as “racist and undemocratic,” and he endorsed radical leftist legislation that would obliterate all election protections, the National Center for Public Policy Research reported.
At the San Francisco-based company’s annual shareholder meeting, Bergh also condemned as racist and undemocratic “350 bills moving in 47 states that are designed to restrict voting access.”
These bills do not restrict voting access. They create safeguards to protect the votes of eligible citizens from being diluted by fraudulent votes.
Bergh’s comments came in response to a question from Free Enterprise Project Associate Davis Soderberg.
Soderberg asked Bergh to clarify the company’s statement from early April in which it said: “These bills aren’t only racist, they represent a significant step backwards for us in the United States.”
Soderberg challenged Bergh to adopt the same policies for his company that he demands for American elections.
“Can you, Mr. Bergh, explain specifically how requiring voters to show ID in order to avoid fraud is racist, and also your timeline for ending all Levi-Strauss requests for ID from job candidates, employees, visitors to your facilities, and attendees at your annual shareholder meetings, in conformance with your race-based claims?,” he asked.
Bergh said voting should not be “a partisan issue” but an “American issue,” since the “right to vote is central to democracy.”
“The 2020 election had the most Americans vote than any prior election,” he said. “And it had the highest percentage of eligible voters voting in 120 years.”
He described the 2020 election “one of the safest and most secure elections in the history of voting in this country,” despite widespread irregularities, prosecutions for voter fraud, and sworn affidavits alleging voter fraud.
Bergh said Levi Strauss will join a cabal of woke corporations to remove any remaining safeguards in America’s elections.
“So we are focused and join with more than 170 other companies in signing onto business statements with the civic alliance, calling on lawmakers around the country to set aside partisan politics and work together to pass laws that make voting safe and accessible to everyone,” he said.
“And we’re supporting federal legislation like the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to ensure that all voters can participate in their democracy free from discrimination,” he continued.