This process is also unparalleled in American (corporate) history: the short message service Twitter temporarily blocked the account of election loser Donald Trump after he incited his supporters in Washington to rebel. And Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said in a message that the media platform had removed Trump’s video in which he approved the acts of violence by the marauding mob. The attack on the US Congress marked “a dark moment in the history of the nation,” wrote Zuckerberg.
Well-known corporate leaders in the United States have unanimously condemned the unprecedented storm of Trump supporters on the Capitol and appealed to the responsibility of government and parties to ensure the smooth transition to the rightful presidency of Democrat Joe Biden.
One of the largest business associations even advocated a short-term removal of Trump. The National Association of Manufacturers, an association of the manufacturing sector, accused Trump of stirring up violence in order to stay in power. Managing Director Jay Timmons said on behalf of around 14,000 companies including corporations like Exxon Mobil, Pfizer and Toyota, “Any elected representative who defends him is breaking the Constitutional Oath and turning away from democracy and anarchy.” Vice President Mike Pence had to “seriously consider” with the cabinet a removal of the president for the existence of democracy.
According to the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution, the cabinet can remove the president from power under certain circumstances. The prerequisite is that he is “unable” to “exercise the duties and powers of his office”. What are meant are physical or mental impairments. The Democrats in the US House of Representatives also wrote a letter calling on Pence to be disempowered. The elected president is “not mentally healthy”. However, the process is lengthy and would hardly be completed before Trump leaves office on January 20 as planned.
Other associations did not go quite as far, but they too unanimously condemned the storming of the heart of democracy in Washington. The Business Roundtable, which gathers CEOs of the largest US corporations, appealed to Trump and all those responsible to put an end to the chaos and ensure a peaceful change of staff. The chaos is the result of “illegal attempts to overturn the legitimate results of a democratic election”.
Business Roundtable Statement: pic.twitter.com/QipzYdyJjh
– Business Roundtable (@BizRoundtable) January 6, 2021
Apple boss Tim Cook called for consequences from the “sad and shameful chapter in the history of the nation”. On the short message portal Twitter, he wrote that night that the masterminds behind the uprising must be held accountable while the handover of government was completed. “Our values count most when challenged.”
Today marks a sad and shameful chapter in our nation’s history. Those responsible for this insurrection should be held to account, and we must complete the transition to President-elect Biden’s administration. It’s especially when they are challenged that our ideals matter most.
– Tim Cook (@tim_cook) January 7, 2021
From the executive suite of Google and Alphabet, Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to the workforce: “Lawlessness and violence at the Capitol are the antithesis of democracy.” General Motors boss Mary Barra addressed the deep division in American society. It is now essential that the country find its way back “and strengthen the values and ideals that unite us”. The scenes of violence on Capitol Hill showed a caricature of the nation. PayPal CEO Dan Schulmann also called for a bipartisan statement against violence. The influential US Chamber of Commerce called for an end to the attacks on democracy.
Wall Street also spoke up, although the stock markets reacted rather cautiously to the turmoil in the capital. JP Morgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon called for a non-partisan show of strength by all leading politicians to end the violence. And he called on the losers to accept the results and support the peaceful transition.
Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman, who is close to Trump, was shocked by the mob who tried to undermine the constitution: “The uprising following the president’s speech is dismaying and an attack on the democratic values that we as Americans are hold up, ”said Schwarzman, who had recently shown understanding that Trump had taken legal action against the counting of votes in several states.
From Silicon Valley, anger was also directed against the tips of Facebook and Twitter, whose stage Trump used millions of times to spread false claims and increasingly get his supporters to support conspiracy theories: “You have blood on your hands,” wrote Chris Sacca former investor in Uber, Twitter and Instagram. Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg would have given “this terror” a rational paint job on their platforms. And Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, wrote in a retweet: “Storm the Capitol with guns? These are domestic terrorists. “
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