major lyft investors support trump, are even worse than uber ceo
January 31, 2017
In the shitstorm that has characterized the President Agent Orange’s first two weeks in office, nothing created the level of protest that the travel ban on Muslim immigrants and refugees. While many American citizens, legal residents, and green card holders were being detained at airports across the nation, allegedly Uber tried to break the blockade of NYC Taxi drivers protesting at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, NY. As a result of this, as well as the knowledge that Uber’s CEO is on an economic advisory board for Trump, Twitter went ablaze with calls to #DeleteUber and shift support to Lyft.
What flew under the radar was that Trump supporters and advisors Carl Icahn (appointed last december by Trump as a special advisor on regulation) and Peter Thiel (Trump Economic advisor) are significantly more responsible for Trump’s election and are directly tied to Lyft through their hefty investments. CNBC reports that in 2015, “financier Carl Icahn made a $100 million investment into Lyft. His interests are represented on its board of directors through John Christodoro of Icahn Capital.” Besides, “Founders Fund, the venture capital firm founded by Trump advisor Peter Thiel, led Lyft’s B round and invested in the next two rounds as well.”
So what to do? Looks like many people will find themselves walking and using public transportation if the boycott continues, but it seems that no matter where you turn, Trump’s cronies are there with their hands out, ready for a piece of your pie.
Carl Icahn, Special Regulations Adviser to the President
Peter Thiel, Campaign Contributor and Economic Adviser to the President
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