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Apple CEO Praises Left Wing Activists During Commencement Speech

Apple CEO Tim Cook took time to praise left wing activists during his commencement speech at Duke University on Sunday, calling them “fearless.”

Cook began his speech by acknowledging that “our country is deeply divided and too many Americans refuse to hear any opinion that differs from their own,” then went on to praise liberal activists in front of new Duke graduates.

Cook, who graduated from Duke business school in 1988, said that students seeking gun control from Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, where a school shooting on Feb. 14 resulted in 17 deaths, are “fearless” and that gun violence in the U.S. was an “epidemic.”

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students “refuse to be silent about the epidemic of gun violence and have rallied millions to their cause,” Cook said to applause. (RELATED: People Thought Apple’s Battery Replacement Program Was Generous. Until They Got The Bill) 

Cook then took time to laud the fearless “women who say ‘metoo’ and ‘Time’s Up.’ Women who cast light into dark places and move us to a more just and equal future.”

After cheering-on the gun-control and the #metoo movements, Cook commended “fearless” immigrants and those “who fight for the rights of immigrants, who understand that our only hope for the future is one that embraces all who want to contribute.”

Cook’s speech bears a striking difference to his predecessors Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech. Jobs’ speech was so well-received that more than ten years later, it “still inspires,” writes one Forbes contributor.

One noticeable difference between the speeches given by Jobs and Cook is Jobs’ speech is void of anything political.

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