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HPE CEO Meg Whitman endorses Hillary Clinton, dumps on Trump

Avowed Republican says reality TV star 'would endanger our prosperity and national security'

Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman has endorsed Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.

Whitman penned a statement on Facebook in which she unloaded on Trump.

“As a proud Republican, casting my vote for President has usually been a simple matter,” she opens, before saying “To vote Republican out of party loyalty alone would be to endorse a candidacy that I believe has exploited anger, grievance, xenophobia and racial division. Donald Trump’s demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character.”

She goes on to say Trump “lacks both the policy depth and sound judgment required as President” and “would endanger our prosperity and national security.”

A vote for Hillary Clinton, she says, represents a vote for “stable and aspirational leadership” that America needs. She concludes by urging “all Republicans to reject Donald Trump this November.”

HP's leaders have form weighing into US politics: former CEO Carly Fiorina even ran for president this year and was named vice-presidential candidate by failed presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Fiorina's fondness for the righter-wing of American politics is unusual, the US technology community usually comes out mostly pro-Democrat, save for Trump admirer and aspirant vampire Peter Thiel who spoke in support of the orange-haired candidate at the Republican National Convention.

Whitman's position appears to be personal: her statement labels Trump's economic policies “reckless and uninformed”, but she does not mention his technology policies. Those include having Bill Gates turn off the internet reducing the number of H-1B visas available to skilled workers and forcing Apple to make stuff in America, seemingly in ignorance of the stuff Apple already makes in America or the local jobs that have come about as a result of American companies winning deals for iPhone components.

Clinton's tech policies, meanwhile, have been rated as "surprisingly sane" by none other than The Register. ®

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