CPAC: Matt Gaetz Rips Corporate Wokeism, Big Tech, Big Government

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) — a self-proclaimed “Florida Man” and one of the most vocal supporters of former President Donald Trump and the America First doctrine — ripped the political and foreign policy establishment in a rousing speech Friday evening at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.

Gaetz denounced corporate “wokeism,” noting that he was the first Republican to swear off donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees last year.

“Turns out, I was ahead of the curve because the woke corporations turned around and canceled us. Many fortune 100 companies will not donate to pro-Trump Republicans. Some have even pulled their sponsorship of this conference. American business should be worried about business, not wokeism,” he said.

He mocked Hasbro’s fleeting decision to rename “Mr. Potato Head” to just “Potato Head.”

“I’m sorry, I think now he’s going by Mr. PotatoX,” he joked. “To me, the whole concept of the Mr. Potato Head was that you could move the parts around. I mean, Mr. Potato Head was America’s first transgender doll and even he got canceled.”

He called Big Business and Big Government the greatest threats to American liberty and described how the two meshed together with Big Tech.

“The flow of digital information impacts every aspect of our lives. If we win the debate but lose the internet, ours will be the last generation of American greatness,” he said. “They’ll open the borders, lockdown our businesses, and squelch even the faintest whispers of dissent.”

He said when Big Tech and Big Government team up, “American starts to look more like China.”