Sen. Tim Scott chides banks for ‘woke capitalism’ and Georgia election law efforts
The CEO’s of the largest banks in the U.S. were left speechless in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Capitol Hill Wednesday when asked by Senator Tim Scott, R-SC to articulate their position on ‘woke capitalism’.
The virtual hearing took a dramatic tone when the two-term senator remarked that woke capitalism appears to be “running amok throughout the financial institutions of our country.”
Scott zeroed in on Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, Citibank CEO Jane Fraser, and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon asking them about their recent decision to sign a letter opposing what they called “discriminatory legislation” in the midst of progressive outcry surrounding Georgia’s HB 531 election reform law.
“It seems you are all very comfortable picking winners and losers – particularly those who signed the letter in opposition to Georgia – that would be Bank of America, Citibank and Goldman Sachs,” said Scott.
“Picking winners and losers in certain areas – especially in election law – I just want to understand your position on that very important law?,” the South Carolina native added noting that he “as a Southerner and African American who has voted in the South all my life would hate any form of discrimination [or] anything that restricts voting rights.”
Then, point-blank he asked, ‘”What part of the Georgia law restricted voting rights or was discriminatory?”
Only Moynihan was able to muster an explanation for his firm’s signature after a brief period of awkward silence.
“Our company signed that letter based on input from our [Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance] committee and our teammates about how they felt when the law came in,” Moynihan told Scott and his colleagues.
Fraser and Solomon remained quiet throughout Scott’s questioning, choosing not to answer when asked again about their position.
“I find it to be disheartening as a former member of some of the institutions as an account holder and a member of others, why it is that you all have taken such a strong clear position but can’t or won’t articulate the reason for that position?” said the former financial advisor turned senator.
This was met with another long period of silence from all three CEO’s before Scott thanked committee chair Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, for the time.