The tragic events over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, continue to have an impact on the tech industry, and prominent Donald Trump supporter Brian Krzanich, CEO of iconic chipmaker Intel, has seen enough.
Krzanich resigned from President Trump’s Manufacturing Council late Monday evening, hours after Trump finally acknowledged the horror that followed a white supremacist’s decision to use his car as a weapon against protestors of the modern white supremacist movement. But a few hours after reading a statement condemning the attack — more or less directly taken from a script authorized by the public relations industrial complex — Trump managed to undo any possible interpretation of sincere sorrow with a rather well-worn attack on the media.
Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied…truly bad people!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2017
That apparently was enough for Krzanich, who has made some curious political decisions since he became CEO in 2013 of one of the most important companies in U.S. history.
Intel was one of the first prominent companies to cave to the ridiculous pressure applied by the pathetic GamerGate movement, which created the underpinning for much of the modern white supremacist movement that is causing a significant amount of heartburn in Silicon Valley. Krzanich also tried to host a Silicon Valley fundraiser for Trump long before anyone thought Trump had a shot at the presidency, only to cancel it at the last minute.
Krzanich joined Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier and Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank in resigning Monday from an advisory board they never should have joined, following the death of a woman protesting white supremacy on Saturday who was hit by a car driven by a white supremacist. Trump’s hesitance to directly take on the racist forces that helped elect him has horrified a large portion of tech workers, still shaking their heads over the James Damore debacle.
Krzanich announced his decision on Twitter:
I stand with others for equality and improving US competitiveness. Both require
improving in todays environment. https://t.co/RcjpGaFXBQ
— Brian Krzanich (@bkrunner) August 15, 2017
A pertinent quote:
I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them. We should honor – not attack – those who have stood up for equality and other cherished American values. I hope this will change, and I remain willing to serve when it does.