Donald Trump really doesn’t know anything about the working class and what it means to earn a dollar. He surrounds himself around billionaires. Recently he held a round table meeting with a slew of CEOs from giant technology corporations, alongside his daughter and sons. These people included the heads of Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Cisco, Amazon, and Oracle. Following the meeting, Trump offered some of those involved spots on his transition team.
Most of these rich and powerful people had nothing to say once it was all over, but others were happy to collaborate with Trump. Safra Catz, the CEO of Oracle, accepted the position in Trump’s transition team.
“I plan to tell the President-elect that we are with him and are here to help in any way we can. If he can reform the tax code, reduce regulation and negotiate better trade deals, the US technology industry will be stronger and more competitive than ever.” Catz had said prior to the meeting.
On the other hand, Oracle employees weren’t as accepting. Executive George Polisner, who dedicated 23 years of his life to the company decided to quit after Cutz decided to back up Donald Trump. He penned this moving missive and published it on LinkedIn:
You were recently quoted “I plan to tell the President-elect that we are with him and are here to help in any way we can.” prior to joining the Trump transition team.
Based upon Trump’s own words and validated in his Cabinet selections he will seek to dismantle Social Security and Medicare –important retirement security for our aging and disabled population.
Trump stokes fear, hatred and violence toward people of color, Muslims and immigrants. It is well-known that hate crimes are surging as he has provided license for this ignorance-based expression of malice.
He disrespects Gold Star military families, women and the disabled.
He seeks to eviscerate environmental protections, the public education system, LGBTQ rights and women’s rights.
His tax and economic policies will greatly increase the national debt while concentrating wealth –exacerbating an alarming growth of wealth inequality in America.
I began with Oracle in 1993 and was proud to work among some of the best software development and operations engineers in the world. I’ve made significant contributions to Oracle along the way in my various roles ranging from consulting, product development, customer advocacy, program management and now in Cloud.
I am not with President-elect Trump and I am not here to help him in any way. In fact –when his policies border on the unconstitutional, the criminal and the morally unjust –I am here to oppose him in every possible and legal way.
Therefore I must resign from this once great company.
This is what standing up to what you believe in looks like. Mr. Polisner put his career on the line to make a powerful statement.