Workers at computer technology giant Oracle are reportedly furious about founder Larry Ellison’s plan to host a fundraising dinner at his California home next week for President Donald Trump.
Some employees are circulating a petition calling on the Redwood, Cal.-based corporation’s leadership to take a stand against what they call Ellison’s “damaging association with the Trump campaign,” Vox reported.
“His alliance with this ignoble and destructive figure damages our company culture as well as our relationships with partners and customers,” the petition declared.
“Ellison’s financial support of Donald Trump endangers the well-being of women, immigrants, communities of color, the environment, LGBTQ and trans communities, disabled people, and workers everywhere,” it added.
Ellison is planning the fundraising event at his estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Desert Sun reported.
Oracle CEO Safra Catz is also a known Trump supporter and was part of his transition team after the 2016 elections, prompting Oracle employee George Polisner to resign, Business Insider reported.
“Trump stokes fear, hatred, and violence toward people of color, Muslims, and immigrants. It is well-known that hate crimes are surging as he has provided license for this ignorance-based expression of malice,” he said in a letter posted on LinkedIn.
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has been on the Trump bandwagon since 2016, then basically alone in Silicon Valley in supporting the nominee that no one thought would win.
But Apple CEO Tim Cook has quietly kept the lines open to the president. Earlier this year, a handful of tech industry bigwigs, including Marc Andreessen, the prominent venture capitalist, Sarah Friar, the CEO of Nextdoor.com Inc., and Gregory Becker, the CEO of Silicon Valley Bank, dined with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.