Silicon Valley has little in common, politically, with either branch of the Republican Party, establishment or tea party. Executives at Apple, Google, and Facebook may run their companies with the ruthlessness of robber barons, but they also support Democrats such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and adhere to trendy environmental causes. But the two groups are united in one belief, that being that Donald Trump must be stopped. So, Republican movers and shakers from both the House and Senate as well as operatives such as Karl Rove met people like Apple’s Tim Cook and Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk at a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this past weekend for the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum.
Inside information about what was said at the secret meeting is unavailable, except that the highlight was a talk by Karl Rove about Trump’s various weaknesses. However, some things can be derived from who was there and the purpose of the meeting.
The scions of Silicon Valley may have given up on a Democrat, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, winning the general election. Team Hillary is outwardly champing at the bit to have a go at Trump. But Democratic political operatives are warning that his widespread popularity could well result in a Democratic defeat.
So the only hope of stopping Trump would seem to arrange to have someone else nominated as the Republican National Convention. That person could be Marco Rubio or John Kasich. But, for practical political reasons, the candidate most likely to be able to stop Trump is Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Think of the irony. Cruz’s opinions on social and environmental issues are in opposition to those of most people in Silicon Valley. To be sure, the senator from Texas is in favor of free market capitalism, which should be of some benefit to high tech companies. But, the idea of swallowing Cruz to stop Trump, whose behavior on and off the stump has been, mildly speaking, disturbing must be like swallowing bitter gall and wormwood to the billionaire progressives from America’s high tech industry. #Donald Trump #Election 2016 #Democrats vs Republicans