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Ron DeSantis Takes Aim at ‘Woke CEOs’

  • Florida governor adds another culture-war issue to his arsenal
  • He is increasingly seen as a 2024 presidential candidate
Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida

Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida

Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized ESG investing and companies including PayPal Holdings Inc., saying he would work with the state legislature to battle what he called a “woke ideology” being promoted by Wall Street banks, asset managers and big tech companies.

“Do we govern ourselves through our constitution and through our elections or do we have these masters of the universe occupying these commanding heights of society?” DeSantis said at a press briefing Wednesday. “For every master of the universe who’s prattling on about, you know, no emissions and all this stuff, I don’t see very many of them giving up their private jets.”