Trump Supporters Go Berserk After Grubhub CEO Challenged his Employees to Stand for Equality

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image via twitter.com
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Matt Maloney, the CEO of famed food delivery service GrubHub penned an email to his 1,400 or so employees Wednesday, November 9, to speak out against the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. He let his employees know that if they do not agree with a non-bigoted and otherwise inclusive work environment that they should reply to his email with their resignation.

He also insisted that the company would stand behind and advocate for any employee who felt fearful or unsafe in light of the recent election and resulting acts of white supremacy:

“While demeaning, insulting, and ridiculing minorities, immigrants, and the physically/mentally disabled worked for Mr. Trump, I want to be clear that his behavior—and these views, have no place at GrubHub,” Maloney wrote in the email. “Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.”

The email continues: “Further I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can…I want to affirm to anyone on our team that is scared or feels personally exposed, that I and everyone else here at Grubhub will fight for your dignity and your right to make a better life for yourself and your family here in the United States. If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here. We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”

Many-a-Trump supporter revealed themselves to say they would not stand for a company fronted by someone who demands equality, uniting under the hashtag #boycottgrubhub. Unsurprisingly, many of the tweets were ad hominem attacks, calling Maloney a “crybaby” and a bully, among other things:

Some of those boycotting Grubhub are non-whites, like these Hispanic people, one of whom characterized protesting (which is protected by the first amendment) as “acting a fool in the streets,” boasting about how Trump supporters speak with their money.

Some people, like Becky, characterized standing up to bigotry — but not actual bigotry — as alienation.

Media personality Tariq Nasheed responded to the backlash, letting his followers know what was going on with the hashtag, as well as applauding Maloney for standing up to bigotry in a series of tweets.

However, because of the immense backlash that Grubhub has faced following his comments, the CEO has backtracked on his statements — and his support.

As of Friday morning (November 11), Grubhub’s most current app has a one-star rating on Apple’s app store. One-star reviewers claimed conservatives are “not wanted” as employees and there for not as customers, as well as accused the company of discrimination in regard to political beliefs.

Additionally, Grubhub’s stock shares (NYSE: GRUB) started at $36.20 on Friday, down over than two percent. Shares fell as low as $34.95, a nearly six percent drop, and by mid-morning, the stock continued to trend downward nearly five percent.

In a statement posted by Grubhub Thursday (November 10) evening, Maloney said that his comments had been misunderstood.

“I want to clarify that I did not ask for anyone to resign if they voted for Trump,” the statement said. “I would never make such a demand.”

In an emailed statement to Blue Sky, Maloney said the email was intended to protect employees, rather than exclude Trump’s supporters.

“We do not discriminate on the basis of someone’s principles, or otherwise,” he said. “The message was intended to advocate for inclusion and tolerance — regardless of political affiliation — during this time of transition for our country.”

As of 12:45pm EST, tweets are still pouring in from conservatives who are seemingly-foregoing the long-held conservative value of businesses having the right to discriminate because a business has decided to scrutinize them.

Matt Maloney has taken to twitter to reaffirm his beliefs and created the #StandWithGrubHub hashtag for those who have not bothered to actually read his statement email, as well as those who support him.

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