Many faux-liberal tech firm CEOs have responded to the election of Donald Trump in the same “stunned” memos to staff reassuring them “our firm is a safe space” with some even promising to fund a so-called CaliExit secession from the Union. However, as Fox News reports, GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney has – to some who have begun to boycott the food-delivery app – gone too far by implying in a company-wide email that Trump-supporting staff are not welcome and should resign.
“If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here,” wrote Matt Maloney, Co-Founder of Grubhub. “We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”
Maloney, a Hillary Clinton supporter, sent the email Wednesday afternoon with the subject line, “So…that happened…what’s next?”
He made it clear in the email statement that he is personally stunned and deeply concerned with the results of Tuesday’s election.
“I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can,” Maloney wrote about Trump’s supporters.
“I want to reaffirm to anyone on our team that is scared or feels personally exposed, that I and everyone else here at Grubhub will fight for your dignity and your right to make a better life for yourself and your family here in the United States.”
The CEO made it clear he’s particularly concerned Trump’s victory will empower others in his workplace to act out against marginalized groups.
“While demeaning, insulting, and ridiculing minorities, immigrants, and the physically/mentally disabled worked for Mr. Trump, I want to be clear that this behavior — and these views — have no place at Grubhub,” Maloney explained.
Ironically, the CEO said that he deeply respects the right of people to vote for whoever they decide, but that he simply wanted to “reassure our employees that our company will actively support diversity and inclusion — regardless of national politics.”
As Fox concludes, this letter is noteworthy because it underscores the fine-line between the intersection of politics and business, especially given the divisive presidential campaign of the past year and a half.
However, the backlash had already begun and, in a tweet that was later deleted, Maloney added: “To be clear, GrubHub does not tolerate hate and we are proud of all our employees – even those who voted for Trump.”
“I want to clarify that I did not ask for anyone to resign if they voted for Trump,” the statement said. “I would never make such a demand.”
By Thursday afternoon, Twitter users were calling others to #boycottgrubhub.
— Deplorable Dennis (@Dennis_QH3) November 10, 2016