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Tech Leaders Call Trump a 'Disaster For Innovation' If Elected US President

Lukmon Oloyede.

United States of America Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “would be a disaster for innovation” if he is elected to office,  a group technology CEOs, founders, and executives have said.

In an open letter signed by the over 100 technology leaders and published on Thursday, the leaders said Trump will kill the country’s innovation which is the envy of the world.

“We stand against Donald Trump’s divisive candidacy and want a candidate who embraces the ideals that built America’s technology industry: freedom of expression, openness to newcomers, equality of opportunity, public investments in research and infrastructure, and respect for the rule of law.” the letter read.

“Donald Trump, meanwhile, traffics in ethnic and racial stereotypes, repeatedly insults women, and is openly hostile to immigration,” it said.

“He has promised a wall, mass deportations, and profiling,” it added.

According to the tech leaders, Trump proposes “shutting down” parts of the Internet as a security strategy demonstrating both poor judgment and ignorance about how technology works.

“His penchant to censor extends to revoking press credentials and threatening to punish media platforms that criticise him,” they alleged.

“Donald Trump articulates few policies beyond erratic and contradictory pronouncements. His reckless disregard for our legal and political institutions threatens to upend what attracts companies to start and scale in America. He risks distorting markets, reducing exports, and slowing job creation,” the letter said.

The letter has been signed by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, former Twitter executive Katie Jacobs Stanton, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar among others.

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