Gov. Ron DeSantis to corporate America: ‘Grow some backbone’, don’t ‘genuflect to wokeness’

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis ripped “wokeness” permeating Corporate America amid rising political activism from a growing number of CEOs during a Sunday Morning Futures segment on Fox News.

In an interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, DeSantis urged CEOs to “grow some backbone” and stop trying to “genuflect” to the “extreme left” by, for example, speaking out against Georgia over its new voter ID law.

“If you’re going to stick your beak into issues that don’t directly concern you, and I think elected officials are going to stick their beak into issues that don’t directly concern them,” DeSantis said, not elaborating on those issues.

“And so if you are Major League Baseball, and you have to move out of Atlanta because they’re having voter I.D., well what about all the other jurisdictions that you’re in that have ‘more restrictive laws?’”


“What about the fact that you’re doing business with the Communist Party of China? The fact that you’ve done business with the Castro regime in Cuba? It doesn’t make sense,” he said.

“I think corporate America, by trying to genuflect to this wokeness, I think they’ve gone down a really bad road. They’re going to tie themselves into knots trying to please the extreme left,” DeSantis continued.

The governor then offered a spot-on assessment of the left, likely speaking from personal experience.

“What I’ve told people is that if the left is after you, the minute you buckle, you’re just painting a bullseye on your back. They’re going to keep coming back and back and back. If you just stand your ground, yeah they’ll complain for a couple of days, but they’ll move on to the next outrage,” he added.

“I think some of these corporate CEOs, they need to grow some backbone. They need to be willing to stand up and not be pushed in to taking these positions…which are not based on facts, they’re basically accepting very partisan left-wing narratives and fashioning policy based on that without actually citing the key provisions of the law they’re so offended by,” the governor continued.

Returning to the subject of voter ID and mail-in balloting, the latter of which was widespread during the 2020 election cycle under the “guise of COVID,” DeSantis explained that his state has had a long tradition of sending out absentee ballots, but that they have to be requested by the voter.

By comparison, many battleground states changed their voting rules and simply mass-mailed ballots to every name on often outdated voter registration lists, which he suggested was ripe for fraud.

DeSantis went on to address so-called “COVID passports,” which some businesses, sports franchises, and cruise lines say they will require of their patrons and fans before they can attend events and get aboard vessels, noting that he has signed an executive order preventing that requirement. He also said the GOP-controlled Florida legislature was working on a bill to make the prohibition permanent.

“That’s not how we’ve ever ordered American society. If you want to go to a ball game you should be able to buy a ticket and go to a ball game without having to show your personal health information,” he said, adding that he “immediately came out” against reports the Biden administration was considering a nationwide COVID-19 passport-type program.


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