Recode’s Kara Swisher blasted Silicon Valley leaders for accepting an invite to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, calling the leaders “sheeple” who should be “ashamed of themselves.”
“Here’s what I am sure they said out loud about the Wednesday meeting, which will include Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google CEO Larry Page and perhaps Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, along with other big names from Intel, Oracle, Cisco, IBM and more: ‘When the president-elect asks us to a meeting, we are duty-bound as American citizens to attend and reach across any chasm of difference for the good of our country,'” Swisher wrote.
Swisher then explained what she imagined they actually thought: “F–kf–kf–k — now I have to become a reality show star in a new episode of ‘The Apprentice: Nerd Edition,’ bowing and scraping to that luddite Trump, who will probably simultaneously berate us in person and bully us on Twitter later with a lot of poop emoticons.”
The execs from world biggest tech companies — many of whom actively supported Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign — are scheduled to meet with Trump on Wednesday.
Swisher said “leaders of tech should be ashamed of themselves for lining up like sheeple” and “the lifestyles of the rich and famous of Silicon Valley are getting dicey these days as the dawn of the Trump administration is about to peek over the stormy horizon.”
CNN reported on Monday that “the tech industry and Trump administration could clash over some important issues like net neutrality and immigration.”
The report also stated that the invitation was sent out by the Trump team and was signed by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff Reince Priebus and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel.
Swisher called Kushner the “chief whatever.”
She concluded her message by saying, “Welcome to the brave new world, which is neither brave nor new. But it’s now the world we live in, in which it’s Trump who is the disrupter and tech the disrupted. Yeah, you can say it: F–kf–kf–k.”