Thursday, November 24, 2016

Trump Supporters Under Seige

                Those of us who had the chutzpah and bad judgment to vote for Donald Trump are constantly in danger of being the victims of slander, verbal attacks…or worse. From simple, yet unhinged- usually poorly worded and often profane- Twitter and Facebook diatribes, to incredulous comments from friends, family, coworkers and the like, many of us have experienced real intolerance on a breathtaking scale.
                There have been calls to boycott the New Balance shoe company because one of its officials said that Donald Trump would be better than Hillary Clinton on trade issues. The company’s athletic shoes have been publicly burned.
                The CEO of Grubhub, an online food delivery service, ranted against Trump in an email sent to his 1,400 employees last week: “While demeaning, insulting and ridiculing minorities, immigrants and the physically/mentally disabled worked for Mr. Trump, I want to be clear that his behavior-and these views, have no place at Grubhub. Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.”
                He added: “If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here.”
                Incredibly, the CEO, budding totalitarian tyrant Matt Maloney, later claimed that his comments had been misconstrued. He tried to claim that he was simply trying to foster an environment of support and inclusiveness. In a blog post a day after his original email he stated: “The message was intended to advocate for inclusion and tolerance-regardless of political affiliation-during this time of transition for our country.”
                Tolerance of what? Inclusion of whom?
                In a tweet-subsequently deleted- Maloney added: “To be clear, Grubhub does not tolerate hate and we are proud of all our employees-even those who voted for Trump.” (Emphasis mine).
                Did many CEOs send out emails to their employees stating that they “won’t tolerate lying, corruption, cover-ups, and the total disregard of privacy and confidentiality standards?” Were there many- after this election or those past- who later stated that they “were proud of all their employees-even those who voted for Clinton/Carter/Kennedy/LBJ/Wilson/Jackson,” etc.? In theory, the U.S. is still a democratic republic, right?

                Ironically for you, CEO Maloney, you-and those like you- are the reason so many did vote for Trump. 

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