The Great Wall of Trump will enrich many of his friends in the construction industry. But it will also pay off big for some tech companies. Like establishment Democrats, Silicon Valley leaders have been frantically consulting their consciences (and accounting ledgers) in recent days, as they try to determine their policy toward Trump.
A number of tech CEOs, whose business depends on the international flow of commerce and engineering talent, spoke out against the Muslim ban over the weekend, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin, a Russian immigrant, who joined the protesters at SFO on Saturday. But meanwhile, according to the New York Times, Google has been working hard to build bridges to the new administration, throwing a Champagne and bourbon cocktail party for Republican lawmakers in D.C. earlier this month.
No tech titan has gone through more contortions as he cuddles up to Trump, while trying to appease outraged employees and customers, than Uber CEO Travis Karalnick. In an unfortunately timed email to the Uber workforce last week, titled with no apparent irony “Standing up for what’s right,” Karalnick defended his decision to serve as a Trump economic adviser, arguing that he could be a force for good within the president’s inner sanctum.
Many Americans already think that the Democratic Party —and the corporate elites that took control of it — sold them out. Of course, they are right.
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