Google’s Co-Founder Sergey Brin Upset Over Trump’s Election Victory
The executives at Alphabet, the parent company of Google held a meeting in 2016, not long after Donald Trump won the general elections to express their disbelief and disappointment at the results, a newly released video has revealed.
The recording, which was anonymously provided to Breitbart News, shows several of the company’s leaders including Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, VPs Kent Walker and Eileen Naughton, CFO Ruth Porat, and CEO Sundar Pichai.
"Myself as an immigrant and a refugee, I certainly find the selection deeply offensive and I know many of you do too," Brin, Alphabet's president, says near the outset of the meeting. "I think it's a very stressful time and conflicts with many of our values." Later in the video, CFO Ruth Porat admits to being a Hillary Clinton supporter saying, "For what it's worth, I've been a very long-time Hillary supporter.”
The video also shows vice president Kent Walker describing the outcome of the election as “a shock to all of us."
Support for Hillary Clinton at Google is evident from the fact that employees have donated over $15.5 million to Democratic candidates since 2004, compared with just $1.6 million to Republicans, according to a recent study from GovPredict.
“It was reported earlier this week that Google tried to boost turnout among the Latino population to help Hillary Clinton, only to be dismayed at the usually solid Democratic voting bloc switched to the GOP in record numbers. This video shows a similar level of dismay among Google’s most high-profile figures,” Breitbart News wrote in its article.
After the news became the talking point of discussion across political circles, a Google spokesperson said: “At a regularly scheduled all-hands meeting, some Google employees and executives expressed their own personal views in the aftermath of a long and divisive election season. For over 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings. Nothing was said at that meeting, or any other meeting, to suggest that any political bias ever influences the way we build or operate our products. To the contrary, our products are built for everyone, and we design them with extraordinary care to be a trustworthy source of information for everyone, without regard to political viewpoint.”
The above comment by the spokesperson is an attempt to hush away the seditious statements made during the meeting. It should be understood here that people like Sergey Brin, Ruth Porat, and Kent Walker are not ‘some Google employees’, they are the people who run the show at the search-engine behemoth. They are the people who control the Internet. They have the power to sway people’s opinion at the click of a button. So, what they think and say matters.
Now that we know their political inclinations and about their whole-hearted support for Hillary Clinton, it won’t be unfair to say that the election of Donald Trump restores our faith in the power of the American democracy. It managed to push-back upon the onslaught carried out by people with ulterior motives.
Long live America!! Long live democracy!!
Key moments from the video can be found at the following timestamps:
- (00:00:00 – 00:01:12) Google co-founder Sergey Brin states that the weekly meeting is “probably not the most joyous we’ve had” and that “most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad.”
- (00:01:12) Returning to seriousness, Brin says he is “deeply offended” by the election of Trump, and that the election “conflicts with many of [Google’s] values.”
- (00:09:35) Kent Walker, Senior VP for Global Affairs describes the Trump phenomenon as a sign of “tribalism that’s self-destructive [in] the long-term.”
- (00:13:10) CFO Ruth Porat appears to break down in tears when discussing the election result.
- (00:15:20) Porat promises that Google will “use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values.”
- (00:21:26) Eileen Naughton, VP of People Operations, jokes about Google employees asking, ‘Can I move to Canada?’ after the election. She goes on to seriously discuss the options available to Google employees who wish to leave the country.
- (00:34:40) Brin compares Trump voters to “extremists.”
- (00:58:22) Brin compares Trump voters to supporters of fascism and communism.