Austin entrepreneur Joseph Kopser, the president of transportation app company Moovel, has joined about a dozen U.S. executives in a public plea to urge voters to reject Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
In an open letter, Kopser and several top U.S. executives, such as former secretary of commerce Carlos Gutierrez and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, argued that a vote for Trump would be “bad for business.”
“We can't support Donald Trump because we are convinced he would be bad for business, bad for the economy, and bad for the people who work for our companies, buy our products and services, and invest in our companies,” the letter states.
The note goes on to say that Trump’s “harmful rhetoric” regarding immigrants, women, racial and religious minorities, the disabled and U.S. veterans and his approach to business and economic ideas would create a poisonous climate for the country. The letter also questions how Trump’s businesses posted a loss of nearly $1 billion in the mid-1990s, subsequent bankruptcies and his litigation challenges.
The group went on to say they would not be voting for Trump, saying the country needs “ predictability, reliability and stability” instead.
“Donald Trump is simply too reckless for American business,” the letter said in closing.
The letter was signed by:
• Jose Andres, chef and founder of ThinkFoodGroup
• Bill Cummings, founder, Cummings Properties
• Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs
• Mike Fernandez, founder and Chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners
• Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and former Chairman and CEO of the Kellogg Company
• Joseph Kopser, co-founder of Moovel, formerly known as RideScout
• Monica Lozano, former Chairman and CEO of U.S. Hispanic Media, Inc.
• Jack McGregor, former CEO of Aquarion and founder of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins
• Mark Pincus, founder and CEO of Zynga
• Reshma Saujani, CEO, Girls Who Code
• Whitney Tilson, founder and Managing Partner of Kase Capital Management
• Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
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