Another one bites the dust?
Politico reports Apple will not provide any financial or technical assistance to the GOP convention next month over Donald Trump’s racist rhetoric about immigrants, Muslim-Americans, and other groups:
Unlike Facebook, Google and Microsoft, which have all said they will provide some support to the GOP event in Cleveland next month, Apple decided against donating technology or cash to the effort, according to two sources familiar with the iPhone maker’s plans.
Apple’s political stand against Trump, communicated privately to Republicans, is a sign of the widening schism between Silicon Valley and the GOP’s bombastic presumptive nominee.
This is a drastic move in comparison to the 2008 Presidential race, when the tech giant donated “$140,000 worth of MacBooks and other hardware” to both conventions.
Now as their formal nomination of a noted racist approaches, Republicans have been hemorrhaging corporate sponsorships.
“Among those to signal in recent days that they won’t sponsor the convention this year are Wells Fargo & Co., United Parcel Service Inc., Motorola Solutions Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Ford Motor Co., and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.,” writes Bloomberg.
“All of those companies sponsored the previous Republican conclave, in Tampa, Florida, in 2012.”
Earlier this month Buzzfeed joined HP, Coca-Cola, and Microsoft in also severing or cutting back financial ties to the convention, with Buzzfeed founder and CEO writing that “we don’t run cigarette ads because they are hazardous to our health, and we won’t accept Trump ads for the exact same reason.”
Here at America’s Voice we’ve launched a new web site, RepublicanNativistConvention.com, to keep track of each Republican governor, Senator, and Congressman who is publicly asked about his support for Trump’s candidacy, and refused to disavow him after his racist and incendiary remarks.
The convention is still weeks away — and Trump is still ignorantly flapping his gums in the meantime — meaning there’s a good chance more companies will join Apple and others in dumping the RNC.