Trump’s business council exodus reminds hypocrisy alive, well

The latest onslaught of American CEO departures from President Trump’s two business outreach groups, the Manufacturing Council and the Strategic and Policy Forum, demonstrate hypocrisy being both alive and well as corporations increasingly adopt political stances on today’s issues.

It certainly is the right of an individual or corporation to accept or decline participation in activities such as the president’s councils. That said, resignation from business entities due to concerns over the president’s “many sides” condemnation of those responsible for the recent Charlottesville violence suggests what appears a double standard when it comes to political discourse and public conduct.

Years of political involvement have brought the experience of attending events protested by activists from organizations like La Raza, the Teamsters, SEIU, Muslim Brotherhood, Occupy Wall Street and now Antifa. Individuals representing these groups have generally sought to criticize or even intimidate other Americans seeking to assemble and enjoy a peaceful opportunity to express and/or share views with other Americans.

Have American CEOs taken a stand on the obstructionist nature of these type protests?

During the recent presidential campaign cycle, many Americans watched left-leaning individuals attempt (and sometimes succeed) to disrupt entry into and departure from right-leaning political events.

College campuses have more than once been locales on which aggressive protest groups have threatened or committed violence in response to speakers deemed “controversial” because they dare espouse positions in opposition to the left’s mandated point of view. These unruly groups have become known as “Antifa.”

It wouldn’t seem the American CEOs so concerned with the Charlottesville protests ever spoke out on these incidents. Does silence signal approval?

And then there’s Black Lives Matter. We watched protests and other mayhem descend on the streets of Ferguson, Baltimore and, to varying degrees, throughout large numbers of cities across America. People were injured, property vandalized, livelihoods damaged if not destroyed.

Again, no response from corporate America.

Probably 95% or more of Americans heartily condemn the bigotry and violence espoused by the KKK, Neo-Nazis and other white supremacist groups. And while some in corporate America profess to share in the outrage over the Charlottesville violence, these same entities seem to give BLM a pass.

As a Texan and former Dallas resident, it was horrifying last summer to see five Dallas police officers murdered as they worked to protect the civil rights and personal safety of protesters supporting the BLM movement – a movement known for chants like “What do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now” and “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon.” An additional nine others were injured. During a standoff between Micah Johnson, the shooter, and Dallas police, Johnson told police negotiators “he was upset about Black Lives Matter.”

Did Trump’s former business council executives cite Dallas as an example of activism run amuck? Or did they at least speak out in support of law enforcement somewhere, anywhere? Not necessarily.

If corporate America wants to join their fellow social justice warriors in today’s political arena, come on in. But in doing so, don’t be surprised as “forgotten Americans” begin both revisiting your recent silence on the left’s suppression of opposing viewpoints and perpetration of violence while becoming more watchful of your future actions.

Hypocrisy is an unbecoming trait, but some in corporate America wear it well.

Lou Ann Anderson is a producer for The Lynn Woolley Show.  A former contributor at Watchdog Arena and Raging Elephants Radio as well as policy analyst with Americans for Prosperity – Texas, she continues to write and speak on a variety of public policy topics. She additionally addresses the growing issue of probate abuse as the creator and online producer at Estate of Denial®, a web site that “shines light on the dark side of estate management.” 

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