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New poll: Right-of-center Silicon Valley workers feel like they are behind enemy lines

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The leading right-of-center technology group in Silicon Valley released its pilot survey of roughly 400 high-tech employees regarding the openness to political diversity in the northern California technology enclave.

 

“This survey is just the starting point for a broader national conversation Lincoln Network is facilitating to improve work environments, which in turn improves company profitability,” said Garrett Johnson, co-founder and executive director of Lincoln Network.

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“By treating employees with tolerance and respecting differing viewpoints, this allows employees to be more fully invested in their team,” Johnson said.

“Most surprising was the consensus across the political spectrum that there is a real ‘fire’ when it comes to this issue in tech,” he told Big League Politics. “Specifically, the liberal bias in tech companies and efforts to silence, to the extent that even 30 percent of very liberal people are hesitant to engage.”

Johnson said the poll shows even left-leaning respondents understand the hostile atmosphere for conservatives in Silicon Valley.

“It provides initial data to prove that most people are open to having an honest conversation about this fire, if given the chance and not silenced by fear of the screaming mobs on the left or right ends of the spectrum,” he said.

“Now the question is can leaders at tech companies step up?,” he said.

“It’s going to be difficult because they are hesitant “firefighters”, based on their performance so far, and some would argue they are also arsons when it comes to enabling greater tribalization in our democracy via the platforms they have built,” he said.

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The most disturbing discovery was how Google’s response to James Damore’s “Diversity Memo” has already discouraged openness, according to the poll’s summary.

“Last year, Google condemned and fired Damore, a senior software engineer, after the viral public response to his internally-published memo,” the summary said.

 

Self-portrait of James Damore (Image courtesy of Damore’s Facebook page)

In January, Damore filed a lawsuit against Google claiming that the company discriminates against white males and conservatives.

“Damore is now suing Google for bias. When we asked our survey respondents if Google’s response has made them more or less comfortable sharing ideological viewpoints with colleagues, 47 percent replied: ‘less,'” the poll summary said.

Another finding from the survey was that technology workers that are right-of-center workers felt “less than comfortable” at work: 70 percent of self-identified very conservative respondents, 64 percent of conservatives and 66 percent of libertarians.

(Chart courtesy of Lincoln Network)

Forty-six of self-described moderates said they felt less than comfortable.

Johnson said the hostile atmosphere for conservatives in Silicon Valley was somewhat like the hostility they face on college campuses, but different.

“Somewhat, but there is less organic informal interaction in the workplace because people aren’t forced to live together. Less opportunities for trust to be organically built,” he said.

Moving forward, Johnson said the Lincoln Network is working solutions for conservatives in Silicon Valley. “TBD.”

In the meantime, he said they need to keep to their truth.

“We are working on thoughtful recommendations we can offer. Overall, be authentic. On a spectrum of silence to soapbox, each approach will be unique.”

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Donald Trump’s Team Officially Disavows the ‘Patriot Party’, Affirms the GOP Belongs to Trump

Now is not the time to divide the ranks.

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Former president Donald Trump’s team has officially disavowed the “Patriot Party,” a fringe outfit that has tried to draw Trump’s supporters out of the Republican Party into a new third-party effort.

Fake news had been circulating that Trump was connected to the efforts of Michael Joseph Gaul of Georgia, who had suggested in a Jan. 22 filing that Trump may be connected to his incarnation of the Patriot Party. Trump’s team has made it clear in a separate FEC filing that this is not the case.

“On January 22, 2021, Patriot Party filed a Form 1 (Statement of Organization) listing [Trump’s presidential organization] as a participant in purported joint fundraising activities under 11 C.F.R. 102.17. [Trump’s presidential organization] did not authorize the filing of this Form 1, has not entered into any joint fundraising agreement to fundraise through Patriot Party, and has no knowledge of Patriot Party’s activities whatsoever,” Trump’s team wrote in the filing. 

To be clear: [Trump’s presidential organization] has no affiliation with Patriot Party, which is not authorized by Mr. Trump or [Trump’s presidential organization],” the filing continued.

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“[Trump’s presidential organization] is placing this disavowal notice on the public record out of concern for confusion among the public, which may be misled to believe that Patriot Party’s activities have been authorized by Mr. Trump or [Trump’s presidential organization] — or that contributions to this unauthorized committee are being made to [Trump’s presidential organization] — when that is not true,” they added in the filing.

Previously, Trump had previously flirted with the idea of starting a Patriot Party or a separate third-party organization away from the GOP, which was seized upon by opportunists trying to exploit the former president’s name to make a buck.

Big League Politics has reported on how rank-and-file Republicans overwhelmingly want the party to adopt the agenda and the posturing of Trump:

Recent polling indicates that the overwhelming majority of Republicans side with President Donald Trump over Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in their struggle over the future of the GOP.

McConnell has used last week’s violence in the Capitol to agitate against Trump, even flirting with the idea of impeaching the president. Ten Congressional Republicans joined the Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time on Wednesday.

However, McConnell’s feud with Trump comes at the peril of his career prospects. Republicans side with Trump, believing that Trump is right in his complaints about corruption.

An Axios-Ipsos poll shows that a firm majority of Republicans believe Trump was just to oppose election fraud, that he bares no responsibility in what happened at the U.S. Capitol, and they hope he runs again for the presidency in 2024.

Additionally, the results of the poll show a divide that has formed within the GOP. 56 percent of respondents consider themselves “traditional Republicans” while 36 percent of respondents consider themselves “Trump Republicans.” There is likely considerable overlap between the two groups as well, which should scare the likes of McConnell and his special interest masters.

The findings show that the “Trump Republicans” are on board with their president like never before and will be the most formidable anti-establishment constituency in GOP history.

The Republican Party is the party of Donald Trump and the home of his supporters. Any person attempting to run patriots out of the GOP is trying to subvert Trump’s agenda, whether they realize it or not.

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