Liberals are bullying corporations to do their bidding.
Countless companies have virtue-signaled to the progressive left on one issue after another.
But a Republican senator quoted Michael Jordan to give one warning to businesses.
Michael Jordan was the biggest global icon in the world in the 1990s, and one of the reasons why is because he didn’t opine on contentious political issues.
When asked why he didn’t weigh in on a North Carolina Senate race, Jordan allegedly said, “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”
And Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas gave current-day companies a reminder of that adage.
My simple advice to CEOs is to follow Michael Jordan's old maxim: Republicans buy sneakers, too.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 2, 2022
If companies want to go “woke” and pander to the left, they are opening themselves up for political and financial blowback.
Recently, Disney went to war with Florida governor Ron DeSantis when he endorsed the Parental Rights in Education bill, which simply prohibited public school officials from engaging in classroom discussions with kids between kindergarten and third grade.
A majority of Democrats in Florida support the new law, but Disney jumped into the controversy nonetheless.
Disney’s meddling spurred DeSantis and the Republican-controlled legislature to pull the company’s special dispensation, a regulatory break that no other business in the state got.
The move against Disney showed that businesses should go back to remaining neutral if they don’t want to be in the political arena.
Liberals and even some conservatives were upset with DeSantis’s move, but leftists have gone so insane that conservatives need to force them into a political ceasefire.
For years, the left has been hammering corporations for not bending the knee.
Cities, universities, and airports all denied Chick-Fil-A licensure because CEO Dan Cathy, a devout Christian, said he believed in traditional marriage.
Disney isn’t the only company that has charged into the culture war.
Harry’s Razors publicly ended its advertising relationship with conservative news outlet The Daily Wire, and essentially trashed the values of the company and its listeners on the way out the door.
In retaliation, Daily Wire co-founder Jeremy Boreing started a rival company named Jeremy’s Razors, which already eclipsed Harry’s in online engagement.
If leftists want to politicize the business world, then the right will simply create a parallel economy.
For decades, companies have relied on the complacency of conservatives, calculating that it’s better to pander to liberals because they will write angry letters, make harassing phone calls, picket, and be unruly in a thousand different ways.
But conservatives have been pushed too far, and now they’re fighting back.