‘Elon Dump Trump’ Campaign Gets Millionaire Backer
People are still uncomfortable with Elon Musk’s connection to President Donald Trump. On person in particular, tech investor Doug Derwin, thinks the ties between the Tesla and SpaceX CEO and the truth-challenged leader of the free world are worth spending $2 million to try and end. Derwin has put up a website and billboards around Silicon Valley with a simple message: Elon dump Trump.
Silicon Valley lawyer and venture capitalist Doug Derwin is funding a campaign to convince Musk, who heads both… https://t.co/x1X7eS2KCg
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Musk, of course, has been participating in Trump’s economic advisory board, which has generated a fair amount of heat. Musk has said that it’s better to engage with Trump than ignore him, but Derwin is not convinced. Here’s the main pitch from the Dump Trump website:
Elon Musk is a visionary entrepreneur and technology industry leader. But even Elon Musk can be wrong. And he is very wrong on Donald Trump. Elon Musk has become one of Trump’s most prominent supporters, despite the fact that Trump’s policies directly contradict Musk’s core values, core values shared by Tesla customers and employees. Help us convince Elon to do the right thing. Help us convince him to resign from Donald Trump’s business councils. Help us convince him to take the Hat Tweet Challenge and become a leader of the opposition to Donald Trump’s climate change policies. If he does we’ll donate $1 million to charity.
His billboards have a simpler message: “Elon: Please Dump Trump.” Online, Derwin has gotten Tesla owners and people on the Model 3 waitlist to speak out against Musk’s association with the President. Here’s one example and you can find more here:
According to Bloomberg, Derwin is the managing director of Triage Ventures, and has invested in “numerous successful technology companies,” like Xros, Intertrust Technologies, and Pliant Technology. He told Bloomberg that he had placed an order for a new Tesla, but cancelled it and wrote a $150,000 check to the ACLU when he saw Musk cozying up to Trump. We have asked Tesla for a comment, but the company has not given any statements to other media outlets about this issue.