As Silicon Valley continues to freak out at the national tragedy that is Donald Trump's election, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a moment yesterday to reassure his employees that despite the bigotry and hate that is now our country's official modus operandi, Apple itself will remain a place that welcomes all — regardless of race, country of origin, or sexual orientation. BuzzFeed picked up the letter, written by one of America's most prominent gay CEOs, and it is a stark reminder that an industry historically dependent on skilled foreign workers is going to have some tough years ahead.
"I’ve heard from many of you today about the presidential election," the letter reads. "In a political contest where the candidates were so different and each received a similar number of popular votes, it’s inevitable that the aftermath leaves many of you with strong feelings."
And those strong feelings were likely shared by Cook himself. As we noted in June, Apple's decision to not sponsor the Republican Party's Cleveland nominating convention likely signified that Cook did not support Trump. However, perhaps demonstrating a bit of business savvy that looks alternatively smart and craven in retrospect, he did then hold a fundraiser for GOP House Majority Leader Paul Ryan — a decision heavily criticized by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
Regardless of how Cook personally voted at the top of the ticket or down ballot, it is safe to assume that many of his employees are shocked to the core by the election of an alleged sexual predator who has threatened to deport millions of people.
"While there is discussion today about uncertainties ahead, you can be confident that Apple’s North Star hasn’t changed," Cook's letter continued. "Our products connect people everywhere, and they provide the tools for our customers to do great things to improve their lives and the world at large. Our company is open to all, and we celebrate the diversity of our team here in the United States and around the world — regardless of what they look like, where they come from, how they worship or who they love."
With that message of inclusion, Cook has once again put himself at odds with the president-elect. We hope it's not the last time.