Billionaire Ken Griffin, the CEO of the investment firm Citadel, has slammed America’s public schools for “crushing” children by pushing “woke ideology” onto students.
While speaking at a recent event in Florida, Griffin said the “indoctrination” of far-left dogma he’s experienced being pushed onto his children is “unbelievable.”
Griffin made the comments during a conversation with Miami Mayor Francis Suarez at an event hosted by The Economic Club of Miami.
“My children went to a phenomenal school in Chicago … but their indoctrination in woke ideology was crushing,” Griffin said.
“They came home very confused about whether or not the United States was a good country.”
Griffin revealed that his son was punished by “woke” teachers for paying a compliment to an Asian student.
“And they came home confused about what they could or couldn’t say to a student who was Asian or otherwise of color,” he continued.
“My son was reprimanded for telling an Asian student he was good at math – for stereotyping.”
Griffin pointed out, “And it’s unbelievable to see how that destroys the minds of children who are otherwise innocent and good and don’t think about these kinds of things.”
In June, Griffin announced that Citadel’s global headquarters was being relocated from Chicago to Florida.
He intends to construct a $1 billion Citadel office in Miami.
Griffin – who has a net worth of more than $32 billion – is now the richest person in Florida.
Politics played a role in Griffin’s move.
Griffin donated nearly $60 million to federal Republican candidates in the midterm elections, roughly half of the over $128 million that George Soros gave to Democrats.
Last week, Griffin endorsed Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis for president in the 2024 election.
“I don’t know what he’s going to do,” Griffin told Politico of DeSantis.
“It’s a huge personal decision.
“He has a tremendous record as governor of Florida, and our country would be well-served by him as president.”
Bloomberg reported in September, “Griffin said he ‘will definitively be involved in the presidential race,’ and won’t rule out a move to Washington.
“If called upon — particularly if the U.S. is in a recession — he’s prepared to join the cabinet of DeSantis, whom he first met in Citadel’s Chicago office during his initial gubernatorial run.
“One option may be Treasury secretary, a position he said the Trump administration had asked him to discuss, but he declined.”
Griffin may not want to move to Washington, D.C. because he said his children are thriving in Florida.
He said the Sunshine State has “great schools, a great environment, and your streets are safe and clean.”
“Watching them transform here in school in Miami is perhaps the greatest gift Miami has given my family,” Griffin said.
He added that Florida is a “great value.”