Jun 11 2019
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sat down with Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge at a Rule of Law Defense Event on the anti-BDS movement. At the event he condemned the hypocrisy of the Corporate Left.
A video and transcript of his remarks are below:
Rubio: It’s funny to me. Boycotts are one of the favorite tools of the Left, including the Corporate Left.
So yesterday, 170 CEOs signed a letter condemning some abortion laws that have been passed in a number of states. We’ve seen in the past, efforts against North Carolina lead by the corporate community. It’s funny these companies have no problem, these same voices have no problem, leading boycott efforts as a result of laws passed by the democratically-elected legislatures of American U.S. states.
On the other hand, they are the first ones to come up here and argue, “Oh we can’t cut off economic relations with, fill in the blank authoritarian country: China, Saudi Arabia, whoever it might be. I don’t care that they have a camp with a million Uyghur Muslims interned and forced labor and quote-unquote re-education. We want to do business there. I don’t care that women are not allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, we want to do business there.”
So these same companies, who have no problem being the voice of moral authority when it comes to imposing boycotts as a result of laws passed by the democratically-elected legislatures of American states, they have no problem being the voice in favor of open and free economic engagement with authoritarian countries that have real, documented, persistent human rights violations.