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Republicans use 'wokeism' to attack the left - but struggle to define it

By Ashley Parker and Liz Goodwin

21 Feb 2023 · 6 min read

Republican candidates overuse the term 'woke' to attack Democrat supporters, oppose climate change policies and transgender rights, among others. The Washington Post asks if this tactic wins votes.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), a likely 2024 presidential candidate, used his January inaugural address to warn of "the woke mob" and its "woke ideology."

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, recently released a statement blaming the military's recruitment challenges on "the Left's culture wars" and a "woke agenda."

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