A Facebook executive who faced internal backlash after attending Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony in defense of baseless sexual misconduct allegations hosted a celebratory party after Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“Facebook’s vice president of public policy, Joel Kaplan, hosted a gathering on Saturday night in Washington, D.C., to celebrate Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial nomination to the Supreme Court,” according to multiple reports.
Kavanaugh and his wife Ashley were in attendance at the party.
Kaplan’s appearance at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing wherein now-Justice Kavanaugh defended himself from unprovable allegations of sexual misconduct by Christine Blasey Ford caused an internal uproar at Facebook, according to the New York Times.
“Many employees also viewed it as a statement: Mr. Kaplan believed Mr. Kavanaugh’s side of the story rather than Dr. Blasey’s testimony. That felt especially hurtful to Facebook employees who were also sexual assault survivors, many of whom began sharing their own #MeToo stories internally,” the Times said.
“Let’s assume for a minute that our VP of Policy understands how senate hearings work,” a Facebook program manager said on an internal messaging board. “His seat choice was intentional, knowing full well that journalists would identify every public figure appearing behind Kavanaugh. He knew that this would cause outrage internally, but he knew that he couldn’t get fired for it. This was a protest against our culture, and a slap in the face to his fellow employees.”
Kaplan simply said that he was supporting an old friend.
“I have known Brett and Ashley Kavanaugh for 20 years. They are my and my wife Laura’s closest friends in D.C. I was in their wedding; he was in ours. Our kids have grown up together. I believe in standing by your friends, especially when times are tough for them,” he said.
Other executives, including Andrew Bosworth, who the Times describes as a “friend” of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, refused to give into the sniveling social justice gang of Facebook employees.
“If you need to change teams, companies or careers to make sure your day-to-day life matches your passions, we will be sad to see you go, but we will understand,” he said. “We will support you with any path you choose. But it is your responsibility to choose a path, not that of the company you work for.”
A Silicon Valley tech executive refusing to bow to the social justice outrage mob is a breath of fresh air.
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