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Captains Deserting a Sinking Ship?

Donald Trump has managed to do something that no other Republican president in recent history has done. He has alienated the captains of industry.

The presidential Strategic and Policy Forum decided to disband themselves. This group included CEOs from GM, JP Morgan Chase, Wal-Mart, Blackstone, PepsiCo, IBM, Ernst & Young, and GE (among others). The decision was made quickly after Trump’s response to violence from white nationalists. “Given the comments of the last several days, no one could continue to be seen as supporting this kind of divisiveness.”

Trump tried to claim that he dissolved the Forum, but that was a lie as the group itself had already voted to disband.

Trump did manage to kill the Manufacturing Advisory Council, but only after seven of its members had already left in disgust.

Once business deserts the GOP, is there anyone else left other than racists and bigots?

© Lalo Alcaraz

UPDATE: And a third advisory council has bitten the dust, the Presidential Advisory Council on Intrastructure. It actually died before it even got started.

Also published on Medium.



  1. Jonah wrote:

    From a trump voter

    This is the only way we move forward in my opinion. Trump voters realising the colossal error they made and together with the rest who couldnt even fathom voting for trump, the country has to push this idiot out of office and try to repair its image.

    Friday, August 18, 2017 at 2:17 am | Permalink
  2. Michael wrote:

    But crickets from the American Technology Council, which includes CEOs from Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google/Alphabet (Schmidt), Intel, Adobe, Oracle, Qualcomm, SAP, etc. The only company with a public response was Akamai, who said they’d continue to participate.

    Friday, August 18, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink
  3. notycoon22 wrote:

    I wouldn’t exactly label this as business deserting the GOP. Deserting Drumpf, but not the GOP. Just like they’re not suddenly flocking to the Demoncrats any more than they already have, either.

    Friday, August 18, 2017 at 9:59 am | Permalink
  4. Jennifer wrote:

    Maybe not “Wall Street Business” related, but the Arts and Humanities committee all resigned as well.

    Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 4:50 pm | Permalink