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Many in Silicon Valley had repudiated Trump numerous times over the past year
No matter who you were rooting for in the election, the size of Donald Trump's victory last night had to be a total stunner. If you're a supporter of his, you're probably elated right now. If you're like me, then you're really not happy, but trying to have hope for the future.
The tech world was, on the whole, not a fan of Trump's. They made that explicitly clear many, many times. They called him a "disaster for innovation." They blasted his immigration policies, and called him a "loser" and "hustler." The tech world was not looking forward to a Trump presidency.
As you might imagine, now that he is going to be President, many of those same people are beside themselves, though some are willing to give him a chance.
Here's how some of the top tech luminaries reacted to the news:
Some were in shock
Whaaaat is happpennning???— aileenlee (@aileenlee) November 9, 2016
What the fuck happened to the Voting Rights Act while we looked the other way?— Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) November 9, 2016
This is the cost of 50 years of shitty primary and secondary education. Ironic since that system is a wholly owned sub of Dem Party.— Michael Dearing (@mcgd) November 9, 2016
Some were depressed
You know those times where we watch other countries and are like "oh man you guys are crazy". Shit that's us now.— Aaron Levie (@levie) November 9, 2016
Sorry we couldn't do more. We will keep at it. Goodnight.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) November 9, 2016
Terrified for my son's hope in a world with Trump. Terrified.— tristan walker (@tristanwalker) November 9, 2016
Some were wistful about what might have been
My five year-old son says we should have voted twice so Hillary can get more votes. If only...— Ethan Kurzweil (@ethankurz) November 9, 2016
Brexit, Trump. The roll back of globalisim is now operating at full force.— Mark Twomey (@Storagezilla) November 9, 2016
Bernie probably would have won had he the nomination.
Some were spurred to action
1/ If Trump wins I am announcing and funding a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation.— Shervin (@shervin) November 9, 2016
@shervin I was literally just going to tweet this. I'm in and will partner with you on it.— DAVE MORIN (@davemorin) November 9, 2016
And some were at least willing to give Trump a chance, or at least have some hope that things won’t be that bad.
This is a bad beat for the US. But tomorrow the sun will come up and we'll get on with figuring it out. Be decent, be proud. Work hard. Hope— John Lilly (@johnolilly) November 9, 2016
Instead of being upset at them, calling them racists, saying they are "trash," spend time understanding Trump voters & improving their lives— Kyle Zink (@kylezink) November 9, 2016
We all need to give President-Elect Trump a chance. Support the good. Lobby against what we disagree on. No one is bigger than us all— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 9, 2016
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