Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is signaling the Lone Star State could join the fight against woke corporations, like Walt Disney.
Following the release of the Texas State Senate’s 84 interim charges—topics for Senate committees to study in the interim before the 88th Legislative Session next year—Texas Scorecard asked Patrick if one of those charges (to study the potential removal of state investments from Russian companies) would also encompass corporations like Disney.
The interim charge to the State Senate Finance Committee states, “Russia Divestiture: Examine and report on options for state asset owners to divest their positions in companies that invest in the Russian Federation.”
Patrick confirmed that the Senate would also consider removing state investments from woke corporations.
“Texas must not allow our pension funds to be held hostage by woke corporate boards,” Patrick told Texas Scorecard. “We need to keep our investment dollars with funds that make sound business decisions, not those who follow dictates from noisy progressives who do not represent the vast majority of Texans.”
In a campaign update earlier this week, Patrick announced that he personally is “done with Disney,” informing Texans that he sold his individual stocks in Disney and his family will not vacation at Disney’s properties.
Currently, Texas’ state pensions have $93 million invested in the company.
Patrick’s decision follows Disney’s reaction to Florida’s anti-groomer bill, recently signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
The Anti-Family Kingdom
Recently, the allegedly family-friendly corporation has positioned itself on the side of groomers and against parents. Originally, Disney CEO Bob Chapek resisted calls for the company to attack Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, mistakenly termed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by the woke mob. It prohibits instruction on sexual ideology and gender identity in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms.
Following outrage from an unknown number of company employees and leftists, Disney made a 180-degree turn and promised to repeal the law, putting the company in direct conflict with families and DeSantis.
Additionally, Investigative Journalist Christopher Rufo released several leaked internal videos of Disney executives discussing various schemes to indoctrinate children with LGBT ideology.
SCOOP: I've obtained video from inside Disney's all-hands meeting about the Florida parental rights bill, in which executive producer Latoya Raveneau says her team has implemented a "not-at-all-secret gay agenda" and is regularly "adding queerness" to children's programming. pic.twitter.com/eJnZMpKIXT
— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 29, 2022
“Some may think parents, including me, are overreacting,” says Patrick. “We are not. Disney is a massive international company planning to indoctrinate children around the world with radical ideas. If we cannot fight for our children, then what can we fight for?”
“Until they change their corporate philosophy, stop spending money with them,” said Patrick. “Cut off the Disney Channel. Cancel your park trip or your cruise if one is planned. If you own Disney stock, sell it. … And spread these videos to your friends. People must see what has been going on behind the Mickey curtain.”
Patrick says a Parental Rights in Education law similar to Florida’s will be a top priority for the 88th Legislative Session.
A media inquiry for comment from Chapek and Disney Chairwoman Susan Arnold was not received prior to publication. Any response will be included in an update.