In an interview on CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow on Friday, Benioff declared: “If you're not for equality and dignity, then this is something that I cannot work with, and we're going to have to exit your city or your state.”
Before he made his threats, the billionaire stated that he's facing a “series of crazy presidents, crazy governors, crazy mayors” across the country and around the world.
When Harlow asked Benioff about who he believed is “crazy,” he did not refer to a situation that was happening at the moment but did mention the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the year 2015. Following the time that then-Governor Mike Pence (R) signed the law in 2015, the billionaire tech chief announced plans to revoke programs that require employees and customers to travel to Indiana.
He followed through with his promise of relocation packages for employees in Indiana who wanted to relocate.
Pence, as well as other Republican legislators, ultimately complied with Benioff's and the woke corporations' requests by passing a new amendment that effectively repealed the legislation that was originally approved.
Harlow then requested Benioff to consider adopting similar measures against states that are Republican-led and are currently or planning to adopt pro-life legislation following the decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, to which Benioff replied stated the possibility of issuing similar threats to the current Republican states, as he did in Indiana 7 years ago.
“We must be for equality. We must be to be a person of respect,” Benioff said before threatening to stop doing business in states that have conservative pro-life laws.
Benioff has previously stated that he would be willing to remove employees from states that have policies that limit the number of abortions performed.
In 2021, Benioff said to Texas staff that Salesforce will cover the costs of moving those who wanted to leave after the passage of the Texas Heartbeat Act, Breitbart News reported.
After the publication regarding the Supreme Court's ruling to reverse Roe, in May, the CEO once more stated to his employees that he'd pay for the costs of those looking to move from pro-life states.