Intel CEO cancels Trump fundraiser, says he’s not endorsing a presidential candidate

Intel’s Brian Krzanich reportedly was going to hold a fundraiser for Donald Trump that was set for Thursday night, but the event was canceled and the chip maker’s CEO later insisted that he’s not endorsing anyone for president.

Krzanich’s fundraiser, which was scheduled to be held at his Atherton home, was supposed to include “a full exchange of views,” Intel told the New York Times. But the event was canceled without explanation hours later, according to the newspaper.

Any perceived support by Krzanich for Trump may seem like a mismatch. The former is known for a $300 million commitment to diversifying Intel’s workplace, while the latter has made divisive and derogatory statements about everyone from Mexican immigrants to Muslims to women, and is being called “The Great White Hope.”

Wednesday night, Krzanich tweeted the following:

According to Intel’s corporate responsibility report, the company’s political action committee gave equally to both major political parties in 2015.

Trump, who will hold a rally in San Jose tonight, doesn’t seem to have many high-profile tech-industry supporters.

As we’ve reported on SiliconBeat, Trump and his campaign have been critical of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Zuckerberg has seemed to take a swipe at Trump’s policies without naming him, while Bezos has hit back at Trump by name. Hewlett Packard Enterprises CEO Meg Whitman, a Republican who once ran for California governor, has slammed Trump.

“Look at the comments he’s made about women, about Muslims, about reporters, it’s just repugnant,” Whitman said in March. (Whitman had thrown her support behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a failed presidential candidate who is now supporting Trump.)

However, billionaire investor Peter Thiel will be serving as a California delegate for Trump at the Republican convention.

The NYT article cites figures from Crowdpac that say Trump has raised $16,420 from people who work in tech, while Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have raised $2.7 million and $6 million, respectively, from donors who work in tech.

As for Krzanich’s U-turn on a Trump fundraiser, some people let him have it on Twitter.

 

Photo: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on the set of “America’s Greatest Makers,” an Intel-backed TV show, in March 2016. Krzanich has canceled a fundraiser for Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

 

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  • devarajaswami

    Intel should be ashamed of having a CEO who would consider organizing a fund-raiser for a racist, misogynist, egomaniac. But then we should not be surprised that a guy who used to run Intel’s factories and is used to dealing with people as robot resources has these viewpoints.
    Good luck for Intel in trying to attract minorities and women to their workforce after this public display of their CEO’s mentality.

    • patrickhenry13

      it was for trump, not clinton,you people from other countrys should educate yourself before you add a opinion…and diversity has become code for get the white guy…you people are such phonys..

      • devarajaswami

        You stupid white men seem to be running scared, crying to your Big Tough Papa Trump to rescue you from all the bad non-white people who are stealing your jobs and your women. Too bad you stupid white men don’t have smartness to keep your jobs by beating out the non-white on merit, and the balls to keep your women from the manliness of the non-white men.
        You white male people must be the most chicken in the whole world.
        First you had to submit to the leadership of a black man for 8 years.
        Then you lost all your factory jobs to the Chinese and white collar jobs to Indians and Asians.
        Now you have to submit to the leadership of a woman for 4 years.
        Your life as you knew it is crumbling around you.
        And this is just the beginning.

        • patrickhenry13

          oh,look a black racist who wants to try the gueer game ,,everything i don’t like i fear?..mexicans only do jobs americans don’t want to do.pelosi told me so.and blacks only work for the government and quota jobs the government pushed them into..as far as white girls? they have a choice when white guys don’t want them, they can go gueer or they can go play with the blacks.most choose gueer.as for the rest of your pathetic little fantasy? the poor special black with its special privledges has had 8 years to show off their best..now its my turn…

          • devarajaswami

            Good luck getting your turn, po’ whi’ boy. You had it, then blew it.
            Sucks, huh?
            Get ready to vote for anybody who’ll increase welfare payments and make meth free.

          • another_programmer

            Same… ran out of ideas, so start making personal attacks. Implying you lost your argument. Soon you’ll lose much of your freedom too… get ready.

          • patrickhenry13

            dude,face reality,the pity pause is over,either stand up and be a man or lay down and become extinct..your choice.

        • another_programmer

          Dont think you’ll be partying all the way. You still have’nt tasted the white people’s wrath. Go read some history before you rant off or take a victory lap.

          • devarajaswami

            Still waiting….. for that “white people’s wrath.
            What a joke, coming from an Internet tough boy, claiming to speak for the entire white race. Thank God there are many normal white people. If every white were are stupid and deluded as you are, you folks would have extinct been centuries ago.
            BTW, I’ve done the victory lap several times, still waiting for that scary wrath you are ranting about between meth sniffs in your mama’s basement.
            Cluck cluck cluck cluck …..

          • another_programmer

            Who is “normal”? the one who obediently follows your ideology? They might appear normal on the outside, but inside they hate you.

    • another_programmer

      Trump is not any of those things you mention. Infact Clinton is. She is arrogant, anti-male, anti law-abiding citizens, anti constitution, anti-freedom, anti-taxpayers, pro illegal aliens, etc. The only shortcoming of Trump is that his presentation is poor. It sounds bad, but Clinton’s crimes above shake the very foundation of this country.

      • devarajaswami

        That must be some insanely good meth you stole from your mama’s trailer.

        • another_programmer

          Oh gosh. Brain stopped working? So you start throwing insults like a schoolboy. You have no redemption in this birth.

          • devarajaswami

            ” start throwing insults like a schoolboy.”
            Funny, that’s exactly what your “messiah” does.
            Best to go easy on that meth. Stretch it out. Never know when your mama will stop giving you more money for your sniffs.

          • another_programmer

            Whats funnier is that you just accepted that you’re like the Donald. Great. Now even your Democrat group can disown you.

  • ABC

    Welcome to life under leftists: zero tolerance for any point of view other than their own and full time disinformation. Add to that an assault on the livelihood and right to free speech of anyone who has the audacity to suggest that an open exchange of ideas with diverse perspectives might be a good thing. I don’t support Trump, but the assault on free speech, free association, and the right to be free from the politics of personal destruction as a private citizen is deeply concerning. Thank the left for the concept of “hate speech” (anything not leftist, which is ironic since leftists have the strongest hate speech I have heard) and “microaggression free zones”. Self governance and the rest of your freedoms will follow free speech the more society allows leftists to rampage……

  • papakurt

    Got smarter after he learned just how out-of-touch Trump is.

  • al_94147

    Coward. Time to sell Intel.

  • patrickhenry13

    diversity has really just become code for steal it from the white guy,when you hear it say f-off.they want to rob you blind!

    • Casey M

      “Tolerance” means YOU have to accept the things WE like!

      • patrickhenry13

        no, thats the attitude of south american dicators not americans,,you won’t force me to accept the things that killed the countrys you are running away from..

  • al_94147

    This is shows the power of Political Correctness run amok…gutless suit.

  • Casey M

    Intellectual and political diversity not wanted.

  • Courtney.Marie

    This is a great example of how important it is for a CEO to be completely in tuned with their company’s mission, vision, and values. While it is okay for Krzanich to have a personal opinion, he must understand that he is representing Intel, it’s board of directors, and it’s employees. Here is a great blog about sticking to the mission and vision of a company when making decisions: http://levelfiveexecutive.com/putting-values-first-baidu-takes-action/

  • niner_four_whiskey

    The only thing I fault Krzanich for is not having the balls to follow through with it.

 
 
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