“I think the ‘woke left’ and the corporations, the woke capitalists, are used to a situation where they can use their power to drown out the voices of ordinary voters and force their agenda anyway,” Hawley told Domenech on Tuesday.
Hawley said that these entities will “ostracize” anybody who “sticks up their head” and disagrees with them, labeling them as bigots, racists, among other things.
“You’re of this, that or the other, you know, pick your label of the day,” Hawley said.
Hawley criticized large corporations and associations that utilize their deep pockets in order to coerce states to go along with their policies, otherwise threatening to take their money and prop up headquarters in a more agreeable U.S. state.
“I think folks now are looking for people who are going to say, no, I’m not going to go along with that. I’m willing to stand up and challenge these woke capitalists and their allies in government on the left and to say, no, I’m not going to be blackmailed by you,” Hawley said. “You can call me all the names you want, but I’m going to take a stand and I’m going to stick with it.”
Hawley theorized that this particular stance on corporations was likely a large part of the reason that a large number of Republicans still support former President Donald Trump.
“I think that that’s just a different standard in leadership,” Hawley added.
Some of the corporations that Hawley was most concerned about were tech companies.
Hawley said that many of his constituents were concerned with Big Tech “chasing their kids around the internet,” their children being followed by pedophiles online, and having their speech censored or shut down.
“I don’t I don’t make any apologies at all for my effort to hold Big Tech accountable and to break them up, which is, I think, what absolutely needs to happen,” Hawley said.