Breitbart News on Wednesday published leaked video of a town-hall-style meeting with employees shortly after the 2016 election, which shows Google executives upset after President Trump's election.
In the video, Google co-founder and Alphabet President Sergey Brin says, “Most people here are pretty upset and pretty sad because of the election.”
“Myself as an immigrant and a refugee, I certainly find this election deeply offensive, I know many of you do to.”
Google CFO Ruth Porat, breaks down while recounting the moment she received a text from someone working on the Clinton campaign as the election results rolled in. “Uh, that was the first moment I really felt we were going to lose and it was like this massive kick in the gut that we were going to lose and it was really painful.”
"We all have an obligation to fight for what's right, to never stop fighting for what's right. And that's one of the many things that I think makes this company so beautiful. Our values are strong, we will fight to protect them and we will use the great strength and resources and reach we have to continue to advance really important values," Porat says later in the video.
Despite stating “we were going to lose” and "we will use the great strength and resources and reach we have" in the video for employees, Google is tells ABC News that the executives were stating their “personal views.”
‘At a regularly scheduled all hands meeting, some Google employees and executives expressed their own personal views in the aftermath of a long and divisive election season. For over 20 years, everyone at Google has been able to freely express their opinions at these meetings,’ a Google spokesperson said. ‘Nothing was said at that meeting, or any other meeting, to suggest that any political bias ever influences the way we build or operate our products.’
The video leak follows the disclosure of a November 9, 2016, email from Google Multicultural Marketing Department head Eliana Murillo describing the company’s “silent donation” to boost Latino voting turnout in the 2016 presidential election.
Murillo was upset Trump won despite Google’s “political power” and her efforts to aid Voto Latino – a left leaning get-out-the-vote organization. She said she was worried that Latino Googlers were “probably hurting right now” and how Donald Trump’s victory was “devastating for our Democratic Latino community.”
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