Matt Maloney, CEO of food delivery service Grubhub, is demanding that all employees who agree with Donald Trump’s rhetoric resign immediately.
Fox News reports that Maloney delivered his demand via a company-wide email with the subject line, “So… that happened… what’s next?’
The email’s body begins, “I’m still trying to reconcile my own worldview with the overwhelming message that was delivered last night.”
Maloney, who has been a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton throughout this election, goes on to blast Trump for his “demeaning, insulting and ridiculing” behavior.
Many of the President-elect’s comments, says Maloney, “would have resulted in his immediate termination.”
Alright, fair enough. Maloney is a man with an opinion. A bit of an unsolicited opinion, yeah, but so far nothing too offensive.
But then you get down to the second-last paragraph and it reads, “If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here. We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team.”
Many people took note of that line and have called Matt Maloney out on it.
Conservative author Tammy Bruce was one of them.
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) November 10, 2016
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) November 11, 2016
Maloney’s critics aren’t even all Trump supporters; it seems anyone with even half a sense of decency knows what the CEO says is just plain wrong.
Just canceled #Grubhub on my phone. Not because I'm pro trump. I'm pro democracy. The people have spoken. You don't fire people over a vote
— Beth Huffman (@bethhuff59) November 10, 2016
@Grubhub your intolerance of other people's beliefs lost you a customer and I didn't even vote for Trump. GFY.
— Rich Loomis (@therichshow) November 11, 2016
In response to the backlash, Maloney has released a statement insisting that he didn’t actually mean for pro-Trump employees to resign.
Rather, the CEO says people simply misinterpreted the message of his email, which he says is “that we do not tolerate discriminatory activity or hateful commentary in the workplace.”
Many experts, however, aren’t so convinced.
In an interview with Fox News, business founder Mark Horstman said the email has “a chilling effect on people’s perception of their rights.”
Business author Bruce Tulgan, also speaking to Fox, said the political message Maloney was apparently trying to convey could make people feel “uncomfortable or un-welcomed at work.”
What do you think of the email? Check it out in its entirety below.
Note how the words, “If you do not agree with this statement…” go directly at the end of the email, making it very hard to interpret it as anything other than ‘if you do not agree with everything you’ve just read, gtfo.’