Cook also pledges new, big donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League
Apple CEO Tim Cook called for an “unequivocal” denouncement of the neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, stressing he disagreed with comments by President Donald Trump that attributed the violence there to “many sides” — and not white supremacists.
In a note to Apple’s employees, obtained late Wednesday by Recode, Cook also announced the company would donate $1 million each to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Apple plans to match its employees donations to human rights groups — on a 2-for-1 basis — until Sept 30.
“We must not witness or permit such hate and bigotry in our country, and we must be unequivocal about it,” Cook wrote in a note to employees obtained by Recode on Wednesday. “This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality. I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.”
Cook’s letter comes hours after some of the biggest names in business — the leaders of GE, GM, JPMorganChase and other banking, tech and energy giants — withdrew from two councils advising Trump on economic and manufacturing issues.
Trump initially claimed he had disbanded his own groups of corporate advisors, but the executives peeled off on their own as a result of the president’s controversial comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.