Matt Maloney, the CEO of the Chicago-based food delivery company with employees all over the country, provided the company with a new inclusion and tolerance policy yesterday, telling his employees that if they share in the intolerant and bigoted views of Donald Trump, they should take a hike.
“I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can. As we all try to understand what this vote means to us, I want to affirm to anyone on our team that is scared or feels personally exposed, that I and everyone else here at Grubhub will fight for your dignity and your right to make a better life for yourself and your family here in the United States. If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here.”
Naturally, Maloney faced backlash on social media (because social media is where backlash exists) and was forced to clarify his comments with a follow-up statement on the company website:
“Some of the statements in my email (please see full text below) have been misconstrued. I want to clarify that I did not ask for anyone to resign if they voted for Trump. I would never make such a demand. To the contrary, the message of the email is that we do not tolerate discriminatory activity or hateful commentary in the workplace, and that we will stand up for our employees.”
I’m not sure where the line exists between a Trump voter and someone who voted for Trump but doesn’t subscribe to his views on immigration and politics of hate, but sure. If it quells the backlash to give comfort to the six people who voted for Trump because they haven’t been following the news for the last 18 months and simply thought he was that guy from The Apprentice, he can give the benefit of the doubt to those who haven’t turned on the TV, read the Internet, or crawled out from beneath their rocks in 2016 except to deliver noodles to hungry customers in Green Bay.