German founders speak out against Trump

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A handful of German startup founders took to Facebook, Twitter and their blogs to voice disapproval of US President Donald Trump and his travel ban.

Bastian Lehmann, CEO and co-founder of Postmates, said “these policies on immigration are morally questionable” in a blog post.

The executive order signed by President Trump bans citizens from seven countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – from entering the US for 90 days.

Lehmann went on to say: “In exchange for the guise of safety rooted in fear of those with different religious, ethnic and cultural backgrounds we will be abandoning the diverse melting pot of culture and ideas that has made the United States prosper.”

Postmate’s founder also shared that the startup with match the personal donations made their employees to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the International Refugee Assistance Project.

Christian Reber, former founder and CEO of Wunderlist, posted an apocalyptic image of Washington, D.C. with the words “but her emails,” in all caps overlaying a charred and partially demolished White House. Reber’s caption? “Americans need to act, every day counts.”

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In an interview with CNBC, Rolf Schroemgens, the CEO of Trivago, said, “Immigration makes a nation stronger and not weaker.”

Founder of E42, Frank Thelen, also shared a photo on Facebook comparing a quote by President Trump’s Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, with a quote from George Orwell’s novel 1984.

“Sometimes we can disagree with the facts,” Spicer is quoted as saying. Orwell’s quote, “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command,” follows after.

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And Ehssan Dariani, former CEO and founder of StudiVZ, took to Facebook to share a photo of Google founder Sergey Brin attending a rally at a San Francisco airport.

In the photo Brin is playing with a toddler, whose stroller hoists a cardboard protest sign reading: “I want my grandparents back from Iran.”

He included the following hashtags: #nobannowall #nomuslimban #impeachtrump.

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via Visualhunt.com / CC BY-SA

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