CNN host Brianna Keilar on Tuesday confronted Georgia state Sen. Michael Williams (R) after he made the baseless claim that Atlanta-based Delta Airlines gives discounts to Planned Parenthood members, telling the lawmaker to get his “facts straight” before spewing right-wing propaganda on their network.
Williams was responding to Delta’s decision to end its discount program for National Rifle Association (NRA) members, joining a growing list of major corporations that are distancing themselves from the gun rights group after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school earlier this month.
The NRA blasted the companies for cutting ties, calling it a “shameful display of political and civic cowardice.”
“If they’re [Delta Airlines] going to pull the discount for NRA members, why not pull for Planned Parenthood or some of the left organizations out there?” Williams asked.
“Where are you getting that, that Delta gives a discount to Planned Parenthood members?” Keilar asked. “I haven’t seen that anywhere. I’ve seen allegations of that on right-wing blogs, I’ve been able to find no verification of that. We have people looking at that. Where are you getting that?”
Williams claimed that he and other Georgia state senators “looked it up on Google,” but said he didn’t know “the exact source right now.”
“My campaign can get it to you if you need,” he told Keilar.
“Just to be clear, we have looked it up as well,” Keilar said. “And it doesn’t appear after some digging that we’ve been able to determine that is actually factual. You’re indicating something that may not be true there.”
Williams said he “believes very firmly” that Planned Parenthood members receive discounts from Delta Airlines.
“If you’re making that argument, shouldn’t you have your facts straight?” Keilar replied.
“There’s no indication they are giving discounts to that organization is my point,” she said.
“Let’s agree to disagree,” Williams said.
There is no evidence that Delta provides discounts for Planned Parenthood members, reports The Hill.
Conservative watchdog group 2ndvote claims that United Airlines “matches gifts” to Planned Parenthood, but the group doesn’t link Delta to Planned Parenthood on its tracking page for the company.
Georgia’s Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) threatened to block any tax legislation that would benefit Delta on Monday.
“I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back,” Cagle tweeted.
Cagle accused those companies distancing themselves from the NRA of “viewpoint discrimination against conservatives and law-abiding gun owners.”
LOL — Georgia state senator and gubernatorial candidate @williamsforga leaves @brikeilarcnn's speechless after he makes baseless claim that Delta offers discounts to Planned Parenthood members, cites "other senators & I looked it up on Google" as a source pic.twitter.com/3GxAGg9fH9
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 27, 2018