The open-sourced war on Trump has already spread to Silicon Valley, the app market and the nation’s airports.
The New York City Taxi Workers Alliance; a cab drivers’ union, staged a boycott of JFK Airport to protest President Trump’s ban on Muslim refugees, on January 28. Most of the Alliance’s members are Muslims and they were not very happy with the Donald’s actions.
Uber found itself ensnarled in the mess when Alliance supporters started deleting its app from their phones. Activists targeted Uber because it was still hauling travelers to JFK, CNBC reported.
Delete Uber, even though it opposes Trump
“Don’t just #DeleteUber. Cancel your account and tell them it’s b/c @uber supports fascism. The link they hide:”
Alliance supporter David Berg tweeted.
Ironically enough some of those taking Uber to the airport were demonstrators planning to protest the ban. To add to confusion Uber CEO Travis Kalanick was one several Silicon Valley CEOs opposing Trump’s ban.
Uber did try to demonstrate its support for the protesters by suspending surge pricing on rides to JFK, CNBC reported. Not to be outdone Uber’s archrival, Lyft announced it was planning to donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union to back litigation against the ban.
Airbnb Declares war on Trump
Uber and Lyft are not the only companies involved in the war on Trump. On January 29, 2017, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky sent tweeted that his company will provide housing for refugees and others barred from the US by Trump’s refugee ban, CNBC reported.
“Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US,” Chesky tweeted. “Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing.”
“Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected,” Chesky wrote.
Idealism may not be the only factor motivating Lyft and CEOs like Chesky. They might be afraid of becoming the next target of anti-Trump protesters; like those who chained themselves to Uber headquarters’ front doors on January 21.