Donald Trump had plenty of enemies, but among the most powerful were the social media tech titans of Silicon Valley. With the exception of billionaire PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, the progressives at Facebook, Twitter and Google hated Trump and his supporters.
They did everything in their power to censor them, but obviously it didn’t work.
In fact, it probably helped get Trump elected, as ordinary people pushed back against these new media giants.
Last night, at the tech news site Mashable, Karissa Bell rounded up the reaction from that sector:
Shervin Pishevar, cofounder of venture capital firm Sherpa Capital, an investor in some of the biggest names in tech, including Uber, Airbnb and Slack, tweeted that if Trump wins he would start funding a campaign for California to become its own country.
Others were quick to chime in. Path founder Dave Morin quickly chimed in with his support and offered to partner on the effort.
Those are just a few of the hysterical reactions from all over San Francisco and beyond.
These elites learned too late how out of touch they were, and how angry and resentful they’d made millions of Americans, with their arrogance and stupidity.
Will Facebook and these other sites absorb this lesson and become more open to alternative (that is, common sense) views from “flyover country”? Or will they double down and become more smug and isolated?
Only time will tell.