What These 145 Tech Titans Said About The Election Needs To Be Heard

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It's not every day that the most innovative minds in Silicon Valley agree on something. When they do — it must be important.

On Thursday, 145 leaders from America's technology sector denounced Donald Trump's presidential candidacy in an open letter published on Medium. The signees include Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, Slack CEO/Co-Founder Stewart Butterfield, Tumblr CEO/Founder David Karp, and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman.

"We believe in an inclusive country that fosters opportunity, creativity and a level playing field. Donald Trump does not," the letter reads. "He campaigns on anger, bigotry, fear of new ideas and new people, and a fundamental belief that America is weak and in decline."

The letter cites three main reasons for the opposition to Trump's candidacy. 

First, the tech leaders oppose Trump's immigration plan, calling instead for more progressive policies to support immigrants in the U.S. 

After all, immigrants founded a majority of U.S. start-ups with valuation of a $1 billion or more.

The  signees also support a "free and open exchange of ideas" and more government investments into education and research — both of which are at odds with Trump's proposals.

"Trump would be a disaster for innovation," the letter reads. "His vision stands against the open exchange of ideas, free movement of people, and productive engagement with the outside world that is critical to our economy — and that provide the foundation for innovation and growth."

After the letter was published, numerous people on social media praised the tech leaders for speaking out about the election:


(H/T: CNN)

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