Fox News host Steve Hilton slammed big businesses over “wokeism” after Starbucks led a Zoom call of more than 100 corporate CEOs to denounce voter ID laws and to discuss ways to counter new legislation via donations and investments.
Hilton called “wokeism” the biggest internal threat that America faces today: “It is the enemy within.”
During Fox News’ “The Next Revolution” Sunday, Hilton pointed out that since the new Georgia voter integrity law was passed, corporations have entered the political arena as “Democrat activists.” He posited they are simply parroting Democratic talking points and pushing a false narrative on voter suppression.
“These CEOs are either lying or wading into America’s most inflammatory issues without knowing what they’re talking about. The only actual proposal that undermines democracy is the Democrats’ HR1, which among other anti-American horrors, unconstitutionally nationalizes elections and pushes banana republic atrocities like ballot harvesting, which replaces one person, one vote with one union activist, 500 votes,” he angrily added.
Hilton issued a warning: “We have a message for the woke CEOs. You think you can buy off the mob with pandering press releases while business as usual continues? Oh, no. You want to behave like Democrat politicians? Fine. That’s how we’ll treat you. You have no idea how painful this is gonna get for your companies and for you personally.” He went on to call these CEOs liars over false claims concerning the Georgia voter ID law and then shredded them for being America’s internal enemies.
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Starbucks chaired a Zoom call on Saturday with more than 100 corporate leaders to discuss how they could fight back against voter integrity laws. The meeting was in response to Georgia’s new voter ID law. Leaders of the movement include Starbucks, T. Rowe Price, PayPal, Pepsi, Merck, Hess, and AMC Entertainment.
Those invited include leaders of @AmericanAir, @United, @AtlantaFalcons, @LeviStraussCo, @Walmart, @ViacomCBS, @ArielInvests, @LinkedIn, @Twitter, @AMCTheatres, among others, people familiar with the meeting tell @cbsnews.
— Ed O'Keefe (@edokeefe) April 11, 2021
They are protesting the provision in the law that halts electioneering from taking place by stopping the handing out of food and water in voting lines. Food and water are available 150 feet away from the edge of the building where the polling place is by law – it is not prohibited.
The leftists have also claimed there is no voting on Sunday which is incorrect as well. According to USA Today: “The law expands in-person early voting for general elections, according to The AJC. Two early-voting periods are required on a Saturday for each county, with optional voting on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (hours may be extended to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.).”
In March, 72 black executives signed a letter condemning Georgia’s bill. Now, corporate leaders are following suit. On the Zoom call, a number of leaders called for another letter according to Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a Yale School of Management professor, who was instrumental in conducting the meeting.
“They don’t want wedge issues,” claimed Sonnenfeld in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
“They just don’t want angry constituencies,” he said. “It’s not in the interest of business.”
“We were delighted to find such enthusiasm from these top business leaders who rally around each other for mutual support,” Sonnenfeld declared, calling it a “statement of defiance.” “They refused to be intimidated and have very constructive ideas.”
“The gathering was an enthusiastic voluntary statement of defiance against threats of reprisals for exercising their patriotic voices,” said @JeffSonnenfeld, a @YaleSOM management professor who helped organize the confab.
— Ed O’Keefe (@edokeefe) April 11, 2021
Currently, five bills that reform voter laws have been passed. There are reportedly more than 350 bills that are under consideration in dozens of states according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
Mellody Hobson, who is chairwoman of Starbucks’ board of directors, cravenly stated during the Zoom call that political unrest is bad for business. She called for executives to work together to fight against new voter laws.
Arthur Blank, who is the founder of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons, said he believes that sports fans want corporations and groups to publicize their stances on voting rights. He allegedly wants to go beyond what former NFL player Colin Kaepernick did in regards to social and racial justice.
Lynn Forester de Rothschild, who is the director of Estee Lauder, proclaimed that she is proud to support a statement that stands against voter suppression. She is the founder of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism which focuses on wealth redistribution.
Darren Walker, who is the president of the Ford Foundation, stated that many CEOs have told him they don’t see the voter laws as necessary but are afraid to speak out.
“There is no more difficult job in America today than leading a public company,” he bizarrely stated.
“There are so many stakeholders who have a point of view about what ought to be the priority of your company, and have views that are sometimes diametrically opposed,” Walker concluded.