US Election 2016: Trump V Clinton – How The Tech Giants Are Voting

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As HPE’s Meg Whitman declares Hillary Clinton is right for USA, investor Peter Thiel believes Trump is the ‘honest’ candidate

Americans continue to be split over their two presidential candidates – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – but a majority of tech giants in Silicon Valley are firmly in one camp.

“We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not,” states an open letter from the self-appointed ‘technology sector’, penned last month.

The open letter was signed by more than 100 of Silicon Valley’s top brass, and pleads with America to refrain from voting for Trump.

The Race for the White House

Donald TrumpHillary Clinton“He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline,” it argues.

“We have listened to Donald Trump over the past year and we have concluded: Trump would be a disaster for innovation.”

But still, there are some technology oracles who support Trump’s campaign for presidency. Peter Thiel, activist investor most well-known from his support of PayPal and Facebook is one of them.

Thiel actually conducted a keynote speech at this year’s Republican National Convention, and he claims that Trump is the only honest candidate.

Here’s the lineup of tech’s biggest influencers and who they’re supporting for president:

LAST UPDATED: 05/08/2016

Meg Whitman: Hillary Clinton

hpHPE CEO Whitman is actually a Republican but has officially endorsed Hilary Clinton as the next US president. She penned a Facebook status about her decision to go against Donald Trump, her party’s nominee.

“Trump’s reckless and uninformed positions on critical issues – from immigration to our economy to foreign policy – have made it abundantly clear that he lacks both the policy depth and sound judgment required as President,” she said.

“Trump’s unsteady hand would endanger our prosperity and national security. His authoritarian character could threaten much more.”

Aaron Levie: Hillary Clinton

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Box CEO Aaron Levie is a big fan of Clinton. He told Bloomberg in June: “Hillary’s initiatives are focused on how you have tech and innovation policies that can make sure America stays at the forefront of innovation.

“It’s too scary to imagine what a Trump White House would mean for Silicon Valley.”

During a visit to the UK earlier this year he quipped that he spent much of his time outside the US “apologising for Trump”

Tim Cook: Hillary Clinton
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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, has taken his support for Clinton to new levels. Cook will hold a fundraiser for Clinton later in August but his company also declined to donate Apple equipment for use in the Republican convention in Cleveland.

Peter Thiel: Donald Trump

Berlin, Germany, March 19, 2014. Hy! Summit - Image by Dan Taylor.

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is somewhat outspoken about his support for Trump, claiming: “Fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline, and no one in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump,” at the Republican National Convention earlier this year.

Thiel invested heavily in Facebook in the social network’s early day, and is well known for ruffling feathers in Silicon Valley.

In a 2009 essay titled ‘The Education of a Libertarian’, Thiel stated: “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.”

Carl Icahn: Donald Trump

carl icahnBillionaire activist investor Carl Icahn, who sold off his entire stake in Apple in April, told CNBC news in June: “It’s “ridiculous” to call Trump a racist. You need somebody like Donald in Washington very badly.”

And the rest…

Other Hillary supporters in Silicon Valley include Instagram product head Kevin Weil, TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot, and Tumblr CEO David Karp. In fact, research by Crowdpac highlights just how overwhelmingly supportive Silicon Valley is of Clinton, revealing that Trump received just $117,000 in donations from the tech sector, compared with more than $3 million donated to Clinton’s campaign.

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