Following his statement over the weekend and expressing his dislike for the term 'woke' due to its ambiguous meaning, Donald Trump's GOP opponent, Ron DeSantis, criticized those who fail to recognize it as a significant and imminent danger, emphasizing that they are overlooking its true significance.
Speaking to reporters on Trump’s comments, DeSantis stated that “Woke is an existential threat to our society,” adding that “to say it’s not a big deal, that just shows you don’t understand what a lot of these issues are right now.”
DeSantis characterized woke as a “form of Cultural Marxism,” and “basically a war on the truth,” adding “it’s about putting merit and achievement behind identity politics.”
“As that has infected institutions, and it has corrupted institutions. So, you’ve got to be willing to fight the woke, we’ve done that in Florida, and we proudly consider ourselves the state where woke goes to die,” DeSantis urged.
Speaking on Friday at a Q&A in Iowa, Trump said that "We have school systems that don’t even want to talk to the parents about their children. You talk about changing gender and things where the child can make a choice and the child can be unbelievably young — the country has gone sick. It’s gone sick. And I don’t like the term ‘woke,’ because I hear the term 'woke, woke, woke,' … it’s like just a term they use, and half the people can’t define what it is."
He continued, “you look at these things like women getting competing with men that were men and are men. And out there swimming and setting records. Do you see the records being broken?”
It is so crazy. And that is all woke. I guess they define that as woke. But that’s all woke. We have to bring common sense back to the country. People say, 'You are conservative.'
Yeah, I am conservative, but more importantly, I’m a person with common sense.
Trump's stance on this matter has experienced some inconsistency, possibly influenced by DeSantis making it a key element of his campaign. In 2020, before the election, Trump displayed enthusiasm in providing his own definition of the term 'woke.'