Some of the biggest names in the tech industry are coming out strongly against President Trump’s decision to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military “in any capacity.“
Apple CEO Tim Cook — perhaps the most important voice in tech — clearly disagrees with the president’s move, tweeting “we are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back.”
He then added a #LetThemServe hashtag for good measure.
We are indebted to all who serve. Discrimination against anyone holds everyone back. #LetThemServe
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 26, 2017
Other execs shared even more pointed comments. Box CEO Aaron Levie said the ban was “an unbelievably horrible policy,” before asking “is there truly no moderating force in the [White House]?”
What an unbelievably horrible policy that will quickly be overturned by the next President. Is there truly no moderating force in the WH?
— Aaron Levie (@levie) July 26, 2017
Before prepping for his company’s Q2 earnings report, Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg took a moment to share his thoughts, saying “everyone should be able to serve their country — no matter who they are.”
Renowned Angel investor Jason Calacanis couldn’t hold back when he saw a tweet saying Sarah Huckabee Sanders threatened to cut off questioning if reporters continued on the transgender issue. Calacanis called the new White House press secretary and her colleagues “unqualified clowns.”
— jason (@Jason) July 26, 2017
And just like in the business world, Apple and Google continue to mirror each other. Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated simply: “I am grateful to the transgender members of the military for their service.”
I am grateful to the transgender members of the military for their service. # LetThemServe.
— Sundar Pichai (@sundarpichai) July 26, 2017
Most tech execs shared their disapproval on Twitter, so it only makes sense to wrap up with Twitter head Jack Dorsey, who said “discrimination in any form is wrong for all of us.”
— jack (@jack) July 26, 2017