Trump Supporters Aghast That They Won't Be Able To Act Like Him At Their Jobs
One of the things that excited Trump supporters so much about his campaign was the whole "I'm politically incorrect! And you can be too!" angle. They dreamed of a world where they could just "grab women by the pussy," say horrible things about immigrants and people of color, and everyone would be like "AW, look! He's non-PC! It's so adorable!"
Of course, they ignored the fact that the primary reason Trump can be "non-PC" is that he is a very rich person with no boss, which means there will always be people who will have to kiss his ass no matter what he does. You ever seen an episode of "My Super Sweet 16?" They get to act like that because they are rich. Other people, normal people, face social consequences for being assholes.
Although, sometimes, they do get theirs as well.
Oh Gene, if only you'd held out for another year.
Anyway -- they truly believed that this was an act they were going to get to take on the road. Including to work! Thus, many of them were simply appalled when they read a letter from Grubhub CEO Matt Maloney explaining to workers that their company would not be allowing any of the kind of rhetoric that Donald Trump was so famous for -- noting that if Trump were a Grubhub employee, he would have been fired immediately. Because we have higher standards for Grubhub employees -- and, indeed, most employees -- than we do for the President.
“While demeaning, insulting, and ridiculing minorities, immigrants, and the physically/mentally disabled worked for Mr. Trump, I want to be clear that this behavior -- and these views -- have no place at Grubhub. Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination
We have worked for years cultivating a culture of support and inclusiveness. I firmly believe that we must bring together different perspectives to continue innovating — including all genders, races, ethnicities and sexual, cultural or ideological preferences. We are better, faster and stronger together.
Further, I absolutely reject the nationalist, anti-immigrant and hateful politics of Donald Trump and will work to shield our community from this movement as best as I can. As we all try to understand what this vote means to us, I want to affirm to anyone on our team that is scared or feels personally exposed, that I and everyone else here at Grubhub will fight for your dignity and your right to make a better life for yourself and your family here in the United States.
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."
Fox and other outlets (surprise!) reported this as Maloney saying that he was telling Trump voters to resign, which, clearly, was not the case. He was merely saying that the company would remain an inclusive one, and that hateful attitudes towards minority employees would not be tolerated there.
Maloney explained this further in a followup post:
"I want to clarify that I did not ask for anyone to resign if they voted for Trump. I would never make such a demand. To the contrary, the message of the email is that we do not tolerate discriminatory activity or hateful commentary in the workplace, and that we will stand up for our employees."
As a result, last night #BoycottGrubhub was trending on Twitter, by those who were simply appalled that some level of professionalism would be expected from them in the workplace. Quite popular was an "annotated" version of Maloney's letter, suggesting that Maloney was planning on firing workers for being white, Republican and male.
Here's the thing with this whole "THEY'RE COMING FOR OUR WRONGTHINK" thing. No one is coming for that. What they are coming for is your wrong actions and your wrong words. Because you don't get to go to work and make other people feel like shit. You also don't get to discriminate against them. If you are going to bring Trump's rhetoric into the office, if you are going to make other employees feel shitty, then you will have to go. Same deal if you intend to grab Linda from accounting's pussy.
On the hashtag, there were myriad people suggesting that Trumpist Grubhub employees contact lawyers about being discriminated against... for being told they can't discriminate. That should work out well, I am sure.
There were also a lot of people posting things like this.
And I just feel the need -- because I am petty AF -- to point out that none of those areas even have Grubhub. Grubhub exists in cities, where people voted for Clinton. It is, in fact, based in Chicago, where I live! We voted for Clinton! We elected Tammy Duckworth! And you can bet your ass we will be protecting ourselves and our communities and our immigrants from your "movement."
However! Let me just say that I am not here to discourage any Trumpists from going into work and attempting to MAGA there. Because hey! More jobs for us, right? And, let me also say -- thank you, douchebags, for giving me an excuse to order from Grubhub even more!
Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse