Last weekend, the taxi union in New York City decided to stop picking people up from JFK airport to protest Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily pauses immigration from 7 countries that have major problems with radical Islamic terrorism.
The rideshare service Uber decided that people should still be picked up from the airport regardless of whether or not the president signs an order that some people don’t like.
That didn’t sit well with the liberal left and the hashtag #DeleteUber immediately started trending.
On top of that, the CEO of Uber has been a member of Donald Trump’s business advisory group. That’s not an endorsement but rather a group of business executives who are working with Trump to improve the economic climate.
Apparently, the public pressure became too much to handle and Travis Kalanick has stepped down from that board.
Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick has quit President Donald Trump’s business advisory group after coming under criticism for taking part, the company said on Thursday.
The CEO of the ride hailing service had been under mounting pressure from activists who oppose the administration’s immigration policies, including Uber drivers, many of whom are immigrants themselves.
“Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that,” Kalanick, who had planned to attend a meeting of the group on Friday, said in an email to staff that was seen by Reuters.
A disappointing move.
Sadly, it looks like public pressure and liberal bullying came out on top in this situation.