More CEOs Bail On Trump Over Nazi Response

CNN Money reports:

The chief executives of Merck, Under Armour and Intel all quit a presidential manufacturing council on Monday after Trump took two days to denounce white supremacy.

Most notable was Kenneth Frazier of Merck, one of the most prominent black executives in the United States, who said the nation’s leaders “must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.”

Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, quit the council later in the day. “Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics,” he said in a statement. He said he would “continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion.”

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was somewhat more direct. “We should honor — not attack — those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does,” he wrote in a blog post on the company’s website late Monday.

  • Dave B
  • Gustav2

    Could it be because the R Congressional leaders are talking about only trying to deal with personal income taxes in September and not corporate taxes? And that will be a disaster the average voter can understand?

  • crewman

    When the CEO of Merck left, Trump went to Twitter to damage the CEO and the company as payback. If I were the other CEOs watching that, I would have left immediately in protest.

    • John Ruff

      But they probably love and revere trumpf too much.

      • OdieDenCO

        it may take awhile to pull their heads out of donny’s ass. it’s crowded in there.

    • boatboy_srq

      And Merck stock spiked in consequence. Inverse MAGA effect?

      • BobSF_94117

        Trump reminded investors of how Merck rips off the public and makes obscene profits, so they figured they should get in on it…

  • Nic Peterson

    Um, I’ll take Donnie Twoscoops lashes out at the brown guy for $1000, Alex.

    • Kenster999

      Donnie calls dessert his “Daily Double.”

  • Ninja0980

    Gee, only the black CEO got attacked by Trump, fancy that.

  • Rex

    Trump lashes out at the Black guy, and is silent about the white guys, yeah, wonder why.

    • Tawreos

      I am guessing that he saw one as uppity that needed to be put in his place where the other two are probably just following the desires of their boards.

      • Todd20036

        Maybe the black guy had the biggest penis.

        • Tawreos

          Against Trump, I’m guessing there are not many men that would fail in comparison.

        • Dagoril

          Even an Oompaloompa has a bigger one than Donnie does.

        • and hands.

    • JCF
  • John Ruff

    “Presidential Manufacturing Council,” lol.

    • clay

      How to manufacture a president? (what the CEOs were hoping for)
      What does the president manufacture? (what the CEOs got)

    • When will Ivanka and daddy bring back their overseas manufacturing jobs?

  • Kevin Perez

    I couldn’t find a single tweet about Merck’s drug prices before yesterday. Hmm!

  • Todd20036

    Trump lashes out at the black guy in an hour.

    He doesn’t lash out at the Nazis until 3 days later, then later tweets something to indicate he’s ok with the Nazis.

  • DumbHairyApe

    <–waiting for Trump's tweet about overpriced underwear.

    • Joe in PA

      Indeed, especially if someone reminds him that Under Armor is sold at Nordstrom’s. Teeheehee.

      • Reality.Bites

        Well it’s not as if they never carried the line and just started it to replace Ivanka’s.


        • Marides48

          Do they make anything that would cover tRumps bigly ass?

    • clay

      “Why, I’ve made do with the same Dollar Store y-fronts for the last 30 years.”

      — DJT (2017)

      • boatboy_srq

        They’re sufficiently durable, and can be trashed without a second thought after sharting on the 16th hole.

      • DumbHairyApe

        What’s a “y-front”??? Can you show me?

        • clay

          Not from 3000 miles away.

        • popebuck1

          British term for Jockey shorts. The flap in front makes a Y.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Whether they’re doing this for truly altruistic reasons or economic, the fact remains: Hate isn’t profitable anymore.

  • TexasBoy

    It was, in all probability, only a toothless “feel good” council anyway, as Trump never listens to anybody.

    • Gustav2

      None of these CEO’s would do would do business with Trump nor would their trophy wives would spend 10 minutes with the Trumps socially.

      • clay

        Trump doesn’t do business with (frequently and publicly audited, stock-holder beholden) public corporations. Trump doesn’t know anything about manufacturing and production. Trump would do no business with any of these CEOs (or the two labor umbrella groups).

  • bkmn

    Merck’s stock went up after the CEO quit Trump’s bogus group. That gives others incentive to follow.

  • netxtown

    I’m glad they are bailing out of supporting donnie. OTH – I have to wonder why they were their in the first place? What did they hope to gain – when they already knew from the campaigns that donnie was a racist, misogynist, carnie barker.

  • barrixines

    So these CEOs have managed to stomach every other obscenity of the Trump administration but murder’s their red line. Well fuck em – no applause from this quarter for quitting now. They have played their part in normalising this monstrosity by engaging with it and trying to profit from it.

    • popebuck1

      I certainly won’t applaud them for staying the course this long. But on the bright side, if he’s becoming toxic enough that even the “respectable business community” feels it has no choice but to disavow him, we’re obviously making progress.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    This reflects badly on the CEOs that remain on the council. Here is the list and their status. So many didn’t respond when asked to comment.

  • boatboy_srq

    So, federal support for racism, sexism, genderism, and other anti-Otherism in the workplace is fine, but even tacit federal approval of outright Nazism is embarrassing enough to make business bail on Lord Dampnut.

    How comforting.


  • TrueWords

    Considering the number of black NBA, NFL, MLB and other players that WEAR and PROMOTE Under Amour…Kevin Plank should have NEVER joined up with Trump in the first place…but I suppose it is good that he has walked away from these racist asshole…

    While most major sneaker companies have publicly called out their moral opposition to Donald Trump and his controversy-laden early weeks of presidency, it appears one brand, in particular, is backing him. Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank was just quoted saying Trump is “A real asset for the country”, in an interview with CNBC’s Fast Money Halftime Report.

    Also recently meeting with the president with a council of business leaders to discuss current business issues, it looks like Kevin Plank and Under Armour are all in in their backing of Trump—including the plans to build a border wall between the USA and Mexico.

    • boatboy_srq

      Way to lose the non-fascist customer.

      That article should be included in every Mack Weldon, Blade & Blue, Hanes, Reebok, Brooks, Nike, Adidas and Converse advertising for the rest of the year.

      • TrueWords

        AGREED…I have shared it with many people…

    • Karl Dubhe

      Hmmm, I need new shoes.

      I like that he’s walked away, but I’ll be looking at other companies.

      • Todd20036

        I don’t buy Under Armor stuff. I don’t need to help a company that helped Trump.

      • Reality.Bites

        I literally spent hundreds a year buying directly from them. When I cancelled my final order before it could ship, I told them why.

        And they’re never getting me back.

    • Todd20036

      Nice white power salute you got there, Nazi.

  • DumbHairyApe

    With as many bankruptcies as his companies have had, his terrible track record of not paying his subcontractors, and hiring/marrying foreign visitors while screaming about immigrants, and connection to mob finances, I’m surprised any legitimate business CEOs would actually WANT to be part of any business council he establishes.

    • Lizard

      Maybe they knew all that and were desperately hoping to influence him into not tanking the economy.

    • Reality.Bites

      Well if I were the CEO of a big company and it was the Bush era, I’d probably join his council. (This is one of many reasons I’m not a CEO!)

      I do think a lot (all?) of them were hoping that someone would control him and he’d be no worse than a third term of Bush.

      I mean, all of us who knew better (everyone here) still never imagined anything like the complete disaster his presidency has been.

  • popebuck1

    I’m not saying there wasn’t a racist motive in attacking the guy from Merck – where 45 is concerned, racist motives are a given. But there’s another reason he may not have attacked the other two.

    The attack tweets are supposed to be threats, and they’re supposed to be instructions to the base. In theory, they were supposed to make 45’s brownshirt army of angry Twitter followers rain holy hell upon their Fuehrer’s assigned target, and (in this case) the other executives were supposed to look at the response and say “uh oh, I’d better fall in line.”

    In this case, none of that happened. (1) The attack tweets reached the point of diminishing returns ages ago, and no one takes them seriously anymore. As usual, 45 is the last one to grasp this. (2) After Charlottesville, the brownshirts* are under attack nationwide – they’re too busy crapping themselves to go on the offensive right this second, thank you very much. *(I mistyped that as “brownshorts” a minute ago, and I like the image of them crapping their pants so much, I just may start using it.)

    So the other executives clearly were refusing to act properly intimidated, which means the Attack Tweet strategy backfired completely. Either 45 realized this and held off attacking the subsequent departures… or more likely, someone else in the White House wised up and convinced him to hold off. The fact that it ends up looking like he only wanted to attack the black guy is just a juicy bonus. Though, hell, that’s probably true too.

    • AJ Drew

      I hope you’re right, though DT’s thoughtless retweets recently suggest he isn’t done yet. Oh, and I like “brownshorts,” too.

      • Bill Doyle

        Or to go with another poster: “brownsharts”…

  • whollyfool

    I’m kind of surprised. Wasn’t Under Armor an unapologetic Duck Dynasty supporter?

    • Todd20036

      Yup. But the racism was always wink wink/nod nod.
      Now it’s overt.

  • Dagoril

    It’s hard to be a Corporatist Nazi, when the corporations abandon you.

    Well he’ll always have Exxon.

  • There’s a movement to boycott Campbell’s soup unless their CEO resigns. Yes, there are others on that panel as well but it works better if we focus on one at a time.

  • Reality.Bites

    On the subject of business, just saw this headline on yahoo finance.

  • JWC

    Donny people really don’t like you