Yesterday I reported that Matt Harrigan, the CEO of tech company Packetsled, had made a series of very detailed assassination threats against President-elect Donald Trump on social media.
Harrigan quickly deleted his Facebook posts, although the damage was already done since they were quickly screen captured by online Trump supporters and circulated around the Internet. These weren’t just vague threats or a series of rants, they were specific assassination plans, as Harrigan referenced a “sniper rifle” and finding a good position across from the Whitehouse while waiting for Donald Trump to pass by a window.
Packetsled, where Harrigan was currently serving as CEO, quickly posted a statement informing the public that he had been placed on administrative leave (suspended) from his position and the Secret Service had been notified.
Harrigan tried to put out the fire by claiming that his posts were “just a joke”, but due to the inflammatory language used it was hard to not take these threats seriously. Only a day after he was suspended, Packetsled has now made a statement saying that CEO Matt Harrigan has “resigned” and that his views do not reflect the company’s or employee’s standpoints.
PacketSled Accepts Matthew Harrigan Resignation: pic.twitter.com/ukwLdeO9YO
— packetsled (@packetsled) November 15, 2016
In other words, Packetsled giving him the chance to resign voluntarily was a nice way of saying, “Quit or you’ll be fired”, which is commonly offered to upper management to avoid embarrassment.
Backlash has been swift against company’s, university presidents and celebrities who have been making extreme, overreacting statements regarding the democratic election of Donald Trump. Pepsi’s CEO sent a letter to her employees and told the press that they were “scared for their safety” after Trump’s election, which will only added fuel to the panic gripping some of the protesters that have been taking the streets.
Supporters of Donald Trump have taken to social media, making a list of all the companies that have come out with outrageous statements since the election, calling for a country wide boycott of their services. They even have made calls to contact companies that deal with the organizations in question, such as Taco Bell who uses Pepsi as their main soft drink choice, to voice their disapproval of their stances and overreactions to this election.
These CEO’s and corporations “sounding the alarms” over a legitimate election are only fanning the flames of protests and causing people to overreact in ways that have caused various instances of vandalism and injuries.
They should have learned by now as well that Trump voters are not just some fridge group in the rural areas of America, they are a large, diverse group of consumers who will not take kindly to these extreme statements, and will hit these corporations where it hurts…their profits.