Apple has added its voice to the discussion of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., with CEO Tim Cook taking issue with Donald Trump’s position finding fault on “many sides” and failing to pin blame on white supremacists.
Recode reports that Cook called for an “unequivocal” denouncement of the neo-Nazi demonstrations. Cook discussed the issue in a memo to employees, which you can read in full on the Recode site by clicking here.
“Cook also announced the company would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League,” Recode notes. “Apple plans to match its employees’ donations to human rights groups — on a 2-for-1 basis — until Sept 30. It is also setting up a new system in iTunes, its music software, to ‘offer users an easy way to join us in directly supporting the work of the SPLC,’ Cook said.”
In the memo, Cook writes: “This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality. I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.”
The report notes that Cook and Trump have had a tumultuous relationship.
“On the 2016 campaign trail, Trump repeatedly attacked Apple on everything from encryption to manufacturing,” Recode reports. “And Cook, for his part, withdrew the iPhone giant from sponsoring the Republican presidential convention, given Trump’s incendiary comments about women, immigrants and minorities. Cook also held a fundraiser for Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.”