These Major Companies Won’t Sponsor The GOP National Convention (Probably Because Of Donald Trump)
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is no stranger to being protested by activists rightly outraged by his bigoted statements and even more bigoted policy ideas. In April, he had to hop a fence to dodge an angry mob in San Francisco (a move that was, of course, followed by a cringe-worthy and unnecessary joke about Mexican immigrants), and before that, in Chicago, a protest of one of his rallies pretty much drove him from the city. But as of June, it’s no longer just activists: major companies are protesting Trump by no longer sponsoring the GOP convention.
The growing list of companies which sponsored the GOP’s nominating convention in 2012 with substantial financial contributions but reportedly won’t do so this year includes the banks Wells Fargo, JPMorgan, and Chase and other companies like Ford, Walgreens, UPS, and, most recently, Apple. While the other companies’ motives for withdrawing their financial support for the nominating convention ultimately remain speculation, Apple reportedly told GOP leaders outright that it opposed Trump, according to The Hill.
It’s unknown whether or not Apple’s alleged opposition to Trump is due to his campaign’s long history of spreading hate and misrepresenting and maligning marginalized groups or because Trump called out the company for its unwillingness to submit to law enforcement following the San Bernardino shooting in December.
Meanwhile, Wells Fargo maintained its neutrality, telling The Wrap its “decision was reached well before either party nominee was decided” and claimed it contributes to neither party committee but contributed to the Democratic Host Committee for the Philadelphia Convention only because the convention is taking place at the Wells Fargo Center itself.
While, again, these companies’ opinions of Trump ultimately remain speculation, this loss of support from major entities offers a glimpse into what acceptance of Trump and his bigotry could cost the GOP.
The GOP has, obviously, always maintained a conservative-leaning platform that these major companies may or may not agree with, but there’s no denying that Trump goes beyond “conservative-leaning” and is just plain hateful, intolerant, and dangerous with his reckless claims and policy proposals. If sponsoring the GOP’s national convention (which will presumptively nominate Trump) means enabling this racist, sexist, quasi-fascist bully, cutting all ties to it is the right decision.