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Opinion: Businesses Strike Back as DeSantis Criticizes Corporations

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Editor's note: Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@ruthbenghiat), a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion, is professor of history and Italian studies at New York University and the author of Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present.

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Ron DeSantis tweeted August 22. "We stand for the values of places like Destin, Dunedin and Deland — not Davos."Who is the enemy DeSantis is combating? "Woke CEOs" and any "corporate power" that aims to impose "an ideological agenda on the American people" by championing values of "diversity, inclusion, and equity" in investment considerations and workplace policies.Going after corporate America might seem a surprising move for a Yale-educated lawyer who will likely run for president in 2024 and is backed by more than 40 billionaire donors.

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