Excerpt from: CREDO Action
Donald Trump’s victory in this week’s New York primary puts him within striking distance of the Republican nomination. It also means that companies like Google and Microsoft are even closer to sponsoring Trump’s divisive and bigoted platform at this summer’s Republican National Convention (RNC).
CREDO activists have been pushing back against Trump’s racism, fear-mongering and hate by pressuring corporations such as Coca-Cola and Walmart to disassociate their brands from Trump’s hate. We’ve already had major progress with Coca-Cola and there are reports that other corporations are becoming increasingly nervous about sponsoring a Trump-led convention.1
We are now working to turn up the pressure on tech titans Microsoft and Google, both of whom made major contributions to help fund the convention in 2012 and seem poised to do so again this year.2, 3 It is irresponsible and dangerous for corporations like Google and Microsoft to promote Trump’s hate by sponsoring the Republican convention. Can you add your voice to ramp up the pressure today?
It’s important for Google and Microsoft to be reminded that sponsorship of a Trump-led convention helps legitimize and normalize Trump’s hate. The platform they will be funding and helping to champion includes:
- Trump’s characterization of Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals;
- Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims, including U.S. citizens, from entering the United States;
- Trump’s rhetoric encouraging his supporters to target protesters at his rallies with violence and his justification and endorsement of the violence his supporters commit;
- Trump’s consistent misogyny and his commitment to end abortion access for women;
- Trump’s threat that there will be riots if he gets the most votes but does not win the Republican nomination.
CNN recently reported that a number of high profile Republican politicians are considering skipping the convention because they’re “fearful of a potential melee in Cleveland this summer.”4 If the Republican convention is too divisive and violent for Republican leaders to show up, then there is no reason corporations like Microsoft and Google should be sponsoring it.
Now is the right time to make clear to Google and Microsoft that they have a choice: either stand up for their declared commitment to diversity and back away from Trump’s hate or publicly align their brands with Trump’s toxic candidacy. That’s why we’re working with our friends at ColorOfChange and other progressive allies to increase the pressure today.
Tell Google and Microsoft: Pledge not to sponsor a Trump-led Republican convention.
- Tell Google and Microsoft CEO’s:
“Ensure that you do not help provide a platform for Donald Trump’s harmful and bigoted rhetoric by pledging not to sponsor the Republican National Convention if Donald Trump is the Republican nominee.”
Go to the link below to sign the petition:
Thanks for standing up to Trump’s racism, misogyny and xenophobia,
Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman, “Corporations Grow Nervous About Participating in Republican Convention,” New York Times, March 30, 2016.
Joseph Tanfani, “With Trump’s rise, Big donors and companies hesitate to commit money to the GOP convention,” Los Angeles Times, 4/8/2016.
Manu Raju and Deirdre Walsh, “Top Republicans may skip GOP convention,” CNN, April 12, 2016.
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