As the CEOs of major corporations are leaving Trump today, I wonder about what is really motivating them. I want to take them at their word when they say they have serious ethical problems with Trump’s choice to morally equate white supremacists in Charlottesville with those who came to Charlottesville to oppose them. But as I listen to the news today, several commentators are pointing out that these CEOs are under pressure from their customers and stockholders to repudiate Trump. In other words, their decision to leave Trump’s manufacturing council was a business decision.
I am guessing that both conscience and profits played a role in their resignations.
1. The manufacturers resigned out of conscience because they did not want to work with a man who is incapable of condemning what happened in Charlottesville without talking about “both sides.” The court evangelicals have not been pricked by conscience to resign from Trump’s council in the way that the manufactures have done. They are happy to stay and work with Trump to advance his agenda.
2. The manufactures resigned because they were being pressured by their constituencies to abandon Trump. So far the court evangelicals seem to feel no pressure from their constituencies– the American evangelicals who attend their churches and follow their ministries.