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Apple CEO Tim Cook Condemns Trump’s Charlottesville Remarks

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook has become the latest business leader to speak out against Donald Trump’s response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

In an email to staff, obtained by Buzzfeed, the tech boss said he “disagree[d] with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence” between racists and people who oppose them.

“Like so many of you, equality is at the core of my beliefs and values,” Cook wrote. “The events of the past several days have been deeply troubling for me, and I’ve heard from many people at Apple who are saddened, outraged or confused.”

In the text of the email, Cook explained that what happened in Charlottesville “has no place in our country.” He then took to explaining why this matters to both sides of the political spectrum, as opposed to blaming it on both.

“We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it,” he said. “This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality.”

Mr Cook said Apple would donate $1 million USD to both the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League and match two-for-one employees donations to these and other human rights group from now to September 30.

Cook’s blistering attack on Trump comes after as business leaders such as the heads of 3M, Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson, and United Technologies announced their resignations from advisory councils on Wednesday in protest against the president’s comments about the violence in Charlottesville.

Read the entire email here.

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  • Fordstick

    The extremism on both sides is wrong. Being Alt-right or Left is wrong. Both sides need to start leaning towards the middle or we’re going nowhere!!! PERIOD!!!

  • janker

    Ugh – I expect this comments thread to become politicized but anyway, here goes:

    There’s no such thing as an alt-left. That’s something Trump made up in a press-conference. You can’t equate one group who is racist/fascist with another who is fighting for civil rights. There is no “middle” when it comes to racism/fascism.

  • Fordstick

    100% wrong on that one. There’s a reason why they’re called the Regressive Left. I’m a moderate conservative. I am against the Alt-Right but I am also against the Regressive Left (Alt-Left). Anything said disputing this is factually wrong and will be ignored!!

  • janker

    What’s the middle ground on racism? Give me some examples?

  • Mozbius

    YOU are 100%
    Fact: “Alt Left” IS indeed a term invented to balance the term “Alt Right” (which is in fact an euphemism for “Extreme Right”). Arguing against that FACT is down right irresponsible and shameful.
    Fact: Conservatists through their willfully blind support of Trump have shown that in fact they are the party of crony capitalism and division among fortunate vs less fortunate and between ethnicities and female vs male.
    Fact: Conservatists ARE known to simply IGNORE facts when they are faced with it. Redirecting / evading / ignoring / blatantly lying / “SO WHAT”ing have been their bread and butter lately.

  • Mozbius

    Janker you are wasting your time. You shouldn’t have to argue your way when the topics is to have a “middle ground” when a group of people are all about promoting hate. The American “Alt right” is in fact the party which is the USA’s Jihadists equivalent (downright to their approach to gain more supporters).

  • Mozbius

    As expected and right on time! Lol. I didn’t expect anything less.

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