Following Donald Trump’s executive order implementing a temporary travel ban, liberals started a campaign to boycott Uber for reasons sane people don’t fully understand.
Uber’s crime? They announced they’d be paying drivers temporarily unable to reenter the United States due to Trump’s travel ban. How is this a problem for anyone? Because they didn’t explicitly denounce the travel ban in their public statement outlining their vow to take care of everyone negatively affected by it. They also dared to continue operating in Washington D.C. while taxis there — protesting the travel ban — refuse to pick up at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Apparently Uber is the bad guy for not inconveniencing everyone at the airport who needs a cab, but Trump is for inconveniencing a few hundred people with his travel ban.
The outrage makes zero sense among those who don’t enjoy being offended, but the hashtag #DeleteUber began trending on Facebook and Twitter, as liberals pledged to delete the app in favor of their competitor Lyft (a company that pledged money to the ACLU in defiance of Trump’s travel ban — but also has ties to the Trump admin). Nothing Uber does is going to appease the professionally offended and win back their business, which makes their latest attempt to do that even more questionable.
As Bloomberg reported:
Uber Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick is stepping down from President Donald Trump’s business advisory council after criticism from customers and drivers.
Kalanick’s participation on the council, along with more than a dozen other U.S. executives, prompted blow-back on social media after Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration. It snowballed into a #DeleteUber campaign that benefited rival Lyft Inc.
Uber’s CEO wrote in an e-mail to employees that he had spoken briefly Thursday with the president about his concerns with Trump’s ban of immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries. Kalanick, 40, told the president that he would no longer be involved with the advisory council, he wrote in the e-mail obtained by Bloomberg.
“Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and quite honestly to Uber’s,” Kalanick wrote. “There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that. The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America.”
In trying to appease his leftist base, Uber’s CEO has now managed to alienate his conservative customers — who prefer companies led by figureheads with backbones.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]