Microsoft says it will push for diversity and security from the Trump administration

Although Donald Trumpspresidential campaign never netted much support from tech companies, at least one company is now congratulating him on his election victory.

Every president-elect deserves our congratulations, best wishes and support for the country as a whole. The peaceful transition of power has been an enduring and vital part of our democracy for over two centuries, and it remains so today,Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smithwrote in a blog post.

Smith saidthat Trumps victory was driven by economic disparity, noting that job growth has not grown evenly for those who have college degrees and those who do not. Trumps supporters felt left out and left behind, he added, noting that Microsoft will work to create new jobs to address the gap.

However, Smiths post alsooffers a quiet repudiation of Trumps anti-immigration and anti-encryption stances.

As we think societally about these new opportunities to address those who have been left behind, its critically important that we appreciate the continuing national strengths that serve the country so well, Smith wrote, noting that diversity has a place in strengthening the economy and encouraging job growth. Were committed to promoting not just diversity among all the men and women who work here, but the type of inclusive culture that will enable people to do their best work and pursue rewarding careers.

His comments on diversity were echoed at eBay, where CEODevin Wenig issued a memo to employees reminding them of founder Pierre Omidyars immigrant background. As I travel to our offices around the world, I have the privilege to interact with people of countless nationalities and backgrounds. This diversity is one of the most valuable assets we have as we drive our business forward, Wenig wrote.

Smith also subtly went to bat for consumer privacy and access to encryption (Trump has called for tech companies, most notably Apple, to provide backdoor access to the government).

People will not use technology they do not trust. Were committed to developing technology that is secure and trusted, both for Americans and for people around the world, he wrote, referencing Microsofts recent legal victories against the Justice Department on these issues. As weve won the cases weve brought, weve been reminded of one of this countrys greatest strengths, its strong Constitution, independent judiciary, and the overarching rule of law.

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The Daily Show Torches General Flynn, Trumps Racist National Security Adviser

The man who is about to handle the nations intelligence is prone to retweeting conspiracy theories, sharing anti-Semitic messages, and good old-fashioned Islamophobia. “>

It was, by all accounts, a rocky start for Trevor Noah at The Daily Show. The fresh-faced, relatively unknown South African comedian had been given the unenviable task of succeeding one of the great modern-day bullshit-callers in Jon Stewarta job that half of Hollywood, from Amy Schumer to Chris Rock, turned down. And not only was Noah acclimating himself to a new culture, but he was also thrown directly into the fire, with his first stint as host occurring on Sept. 28, 2015, mere months after reality-show provocateur Donald Trump had declared his presidential candidacy with a racist anti-Mexican speech.

A little over a year later, Noah has finally hit his groove. His live Election Night broadcast exhibited genuine despair, capturing the mood of much of the nation, while his sharp deconstruction of Trumps Twitter habits brought clarity to chaos. And on Wednesday, the bourgeoning political satirist demonstrated a knack for interviewing, going toe-to-toe with right-wing ranter Tomi Lahrenthoroughly embarrassing her in the process.

Recently, The Daily Show has aired a series called Profiles in Tremendousness, where Noah and his gang of reporter-comedians break down President-elect Trumps frightening Cabinet picks. On Thursday, they aimed their ire at the elaborately coiffed billionaires choice for national security adviser: General Michael T. Flynn.

For the uninitiated, the national security adviser is: A person who basically synthesizes information from the State Department, the Defense Department, and the intelligence agencies, and clarifies it for the presidents consumption. Basically, the gig is National Security Brita Filter: You distill and purify everything that comes through you, and you probably wont be replaced for six years, joked Noah.

On paper, General Flynn appears a likely choice for the post. Hes received numerous awards for his military service, including the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit, and recently served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Unfortunately, he was fired from that post by President Obama after just two years for alleged incompetence.

In an email hacked off the computer of Colin Powell and subsequently released online, the retired four-star general claimed to have been told by Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the current DIA director, that: Flynn got fired as head of DIA. His replacement is a black Marine 3-star. I asked why Flynn got fired. Abusive with staff, didnt listen, worked against policy, bad management, etc. He has been and was right-wing nutty every [sic] since. (Flynn is a registered Democrat.)

Theres more. General Flynn runs a company called Flynn Intel Group, which has been accused of lobbying for the Erdogan regime in Turkey, and just last year, he was paid a handsome sum to attend and deliver a speech at a lavish dinner in Moscow for RT, Russias propaganda network, where he was seated right next to Vladimir Putin. Also, according to The New York Times, he was known around the Pentagon for what were referred to as Flynn Facts: hyperbolic statements not grounded in reality. Also, hes been accused on numerous occasions of leaking classified informationincluding to Pakistan.

First of all, he leaked classified information, said Noah on The Daily Show. He was also one of the people going lock her up, but I mean, thats done now. Secondly, to be described as hyperbolic statements that were not grounded in reality, I wonder: what does Donald Trump see in this man?

Flynn Facts greatest hits include:

1) Sharia law is spreading in the United States. (False.)

2) Iran killed more Americans than al Qaeda. (False.)

And Noahs favorite:

3) Three-quarters of all new cellphones were bought by Africans. (Incredibly false.)

Hes like a less reliable, more xenophobic Snapple cap, joked Noah, before throwing the reins over to The Daily Shows Senior National Security Correspondent Hasan Minhaj.

Minhaj then focused on another troubling habit of General Flynns: retweeting completely baseless conspiracy theories. The fiery general even once retweeted an anti-Semitic user who wrote, Not anymore, Jews.


You know, the anti-Semitism isnt even the scariest partits the fact that the presidents No. 1 intelligence guy also retweets conspiracy theories, he added. This guy is going to walk into the Oval Office: Mr. President, we know whos behind the shooting. Its Tupac! Hes still alive!

Theres also General Flynns unbridled Islamophobiaa matter of great concern to Minhaj, who is a Muslim American of Indian descent.

The Daily Show then aired footage of a speech that General Flynn delivered on Aug. 10, in which he stated, Islam is a political ideology. It definitely hides behind thisthis notion of it being a religion its like cancer.

Damn, sighed Minhaj. Ive been alive for 31 years and nobody told me I had cancer?

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