Tech Executive Quits To Protest Boss Joining Trump Transition Team
A high-level staff member at Oracle, a huge computer technology corporation, announced his resignation Monday after co-CEO Safra Catz agreed to join the Trump transition team earlier in December.
President-elect Donald Trump hosted several tech leaders for a meeting at Trump Tower in New York a week ago, and Catz seemed one of the most enthusiastic attendees prior to the gathering.
“I plan to tell the president-elect that we are with him and will help in any way we can,” Catz said before the meeting with other Silicon Valley figures like Peter Thiel and Tim Cook, according to Business Insider. “If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation and negotiate better trade deals, the U.S. technology industry will be stronger and more competitive than ever.” (RELATED: Tim Cook Statement On Trump Meeting Mirrors The Election Cycle)
Almost immediately following the meeting, Catz announced she received an offer to join the official transition team and subsequently accepted. Catz will remain as co-CEO of the company.
George Polisner, a member of the Oracle Corporation community since 1993, quit his job in an act of protest after hearing of the news.
“I am not with President-elect Trump and I am not here to help him in any way. In fact –when his policies border on the unconstitutional, the criminal and the morally unjust –I am here to oppose him in every possible and legal way,” Polisner wrote in a letter addressed to Catz on LinkedIn (emphasis his). “Therefore I must resign from this once great company.”
Polisner further outlined his specific assertions of Trump, saying “he disrespects Gold Star military families, women and the disabled” and “seeks to eviscerate environmental protections, the public education system, LGBTQ rights and women’s rights.”
He even created an official petition page, which seems to seek out other employees who want to jump ship as well. (RELATED: Who Does Silicon Valley Support In The 2016 Presidential Race?)
“I invite all members to stand together against the racial, religious and other intolerance that Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric promotes. It is putting our Latino, Muslim-American, those with disabilities, and other community members directly at risk,” Polisner said.
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