The Huffington Post reports that tech leaders including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk have attended the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum this past weekend to discuss stopping presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Citing people familiar with the matter, the Huffington Post claims that much of the conversation about Trump centered on “how this happened, rather than how are we going to stop him.” However, Trump wasn’t the only topic of the annual forum.
“A specter was haunting the World Forum–the specter of Donald Trump,” Kristol wrote in an emailed report from the conference, borrowing the opening lines of the Communist Manifesto. “There was much unhappiness about his emergence, a good deal of talk, some of it insightful and thoughtful, about why he’s done so well, and many expressions of hope that he would be defeated.”
You may recall that Trump called for a boycott on Apple products earlier in February when the legal battle between the FBI and Apple hit the mass media. He was against Apple’s position of protecting customer privacy and encryption by refusing to develop software to weaken the built-in security of iOS. Apple calls the demanded software GovtOS.