Thursday, January 07, 2021
Fear for democracy
US CEOs: Trump has to go
The influential US industry association NAM, which represents thousands of companies – including Exxon Mobil, Pfizer and Toyota – is calling for an urgent review of Trump’s impeachment. Blackstone boss and Trump ally Schwarzman expressed dismay at the “mob” and the chaos after the revolt.
Associations and company heads in the USA fear for the stability and democracy in the country in the face of the violent storm of Trump supporters on the Capitol in Washington. The reaction of the president of the US industrial association National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to the revolt was the sharpest.
Your boss Jay Timmons called for impeachment proceedings against election loser Donald Trump by the still-ruling Republican government. US President Trump has “incited violence while trying to stay in power,” he said. The industry association represents 14,000 companies, including Exxon Mobil, Pfizer and Toyota.
Several prominent company bosses also expressed concern on social networks or called for the divisions in the population to be overcome after the US election. The Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs, called on Trump and everyone else in charge to “end the chaos and facilitate a peaceful transfer of power”. What happened in the capital was the result of illegal efforts to abolish legitimate results of a democratic election.
Apple CEO Tim Cook called for those responsible for the riot to be held accountable. The boss of the investment bank JPMorgan Chase Jamie Dimon expressed himself as one of the first with the appeal: “Our elected representatives are responsible for calling for an end to violence, accepting the election results and, as in our democracy in hundreds of years, a peaceful change of power to support.”
Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman, a Trump ally, also expressed concern. The riot is terrible and an affront to the democratic values of the Americans. “I am shocked and appalled by this mob’s attempt to undermine our constitution,” he added.
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said, according to a spokesman, that Trump’s video message about the riots had been removed because this situation had to be treated like an emergency. “Our political leaders must set an example and put the nation first.” The head of the car manufacturer General Motors, Mary Barra, called on Twitter to reconcile the country and to strengthen its values and ideals again.