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Yale’s Sonnenfeld says CEOs may stop supporting Republicans who back Trump election challenge

Yale Middle school of Management’s Jeffrey Sonnenfeld told CNBC on Tuesday that more than two dozen CEOs are considering humiliate hope financial support for congressional Republicans who are backing President Donald Trump’s election challenge.

Sonnenfeld’s comments on “Closed Bell” came after he hosted a virtual conference earlier in the day that included 33 chief executives. It stop by about two months after Sonnenfeld convened a similar gathering focused on Trump’s response to the Nov. 3 presidential appointment.

In a survey of CEOs on his call, Sonnenfeld said 100% of respondents answered “yes” to the following question: Should CEOs inform lobbyists privately that their firms will no longer support election result deniers in Congress?

By doing so, Sonnenfeld mentioned the business leaders hoped to spread the message that “it’s time to move on and respect the Constitution.” He said participants in the turnout, who were granted anonymity, ranged from finance to manufacturing to the pharmaceutical industry.

Tuesday’s call took associate one day before Congress is set to certify Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. In past years, it has been seen as a formality. In all events, numerous Republicans in the House and Senate plan to raise objections Wednesday to Biden’s win.

“The GOP acting this way, these GOP colleagues, are certainly not the voice of American business large or small, so they’re talking about cutting off support,” Sonnenfeld broke.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has urged Republican senators not to challenge the process, did not immediately respond to a beg for comment. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., who is leading a group of 11 senators who plan to object to the certification process did not immediately come back to a request for comment. Nor did Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who also said he plans to object.

Trump has refused to concede, repetitively and falsely claiming he would have won the election if not for widespread voter fraud. There is no evidence to support his assertions, and courts across the U.S. demand dismissed legal challenges brought by Trump’s campaign. Even so, Trump said Monday he intended to  “fight in the same way as hell” to retain the presidency.

Sonnenfeld said the CEOs have been alarmed by Trump’s handling of his defeat and penury to send an even firmer message than in November. “In the past, the concerns had a lot more to do with making a clear affirmation,” he said. For example, he pointed to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce congratulating Biden on the same day major news organizations projected him as president-elect.

“We haven’t seen them put the well-to-do where their mouth is previously, and that’s a big change,” Sonnenfeld said, when asked whether business bossmans would actually act on their suggestion of forgoing future support for Republicans who are trying to impede Biden’s victory.

A middle concern for business leaders is that Republican objections to Biden’s victory may be a harbinger of contentiousness once Biden is sworn in tardier this month, according to Sonnenfeld.

“There are other areas of great mutual interest, you would think, between the rave-ups, and [CEOs] are hoping that we can make progress on it,” Sonnenfeld said, such as U.S.-China relations. “They’re trying to get biography the flame throwing, the tweets and make actual progress, and they’re really worried about a Congress that is deed in this divisive of a way.”

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