#DeleteUber is trending on Twitter. In NYC, Uber drivers were picking up passengers from JFK airport while unionized taxi drivers were on strike in protest of the Trump administration’s refugee immigration ban.
Uber responded by eliminating surge prices since ride sharing operators were now the exclusive market owners for getting to and from the airport (illegal “gypsy cabs” notwithstanding).
Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.
— Uber NYC (@Uber_NYC) January 29, 2017
Replies like this are common:
— Peter Labuza (@labuzamovies) January 29, 2017
So now Uber is the enemy of all that is good and decent. But the real reason for the outrage is not because of what Uber is doing, it’s because of the political leanings of CEO Travis Kalanick. He is (gasp!) a Trump collaborator.
At the company’s weekly all hands meeting, CEO Travis Kalanick addressed concerns about his working relationship with Trump by claiming it’s necessary in order to fulfill Uber’s mission of improving global transportation.
“We’ll partner with anyone in the world as long they’re about making transportation in cities better, creating job opportunities, making it easier to get around, getting pollution out of the air and traffic off the streets,” Kalanick told employees.
“It’s about the leaders we have to work with around the world, not just here in the United States but everywhere,” he added. “And being optimistic — asking can we make urban mobility better?”
Kalanick is guilty as charged of showing insufficient enthusiasm for the single cause that should consume every tech sector company in America. And of course, that’s dumping Trump. Therefore I expect these #DeleteUber protests to morph into a serious campaign to unseat Kalanick, like liberals did with Mozilla’s Brendan Eich.
Liberals don’t like that Silicon Valley scions met with Trump at Trump Tower. They want to get a scalp for some leverage over the rest of the industry before the business-side starts cooperating too much with the Trump administration. Conveniently, Kalanick has provided a way. Watch for the media to viciously go after him.
Oh look…it’s already started: here and here. Kalanick has pledged $3 million to help drivers affected by the immigration order, and called the order “unjust,” but I’m afraid it’s too little too late. They need a head on a platter, and he’s been chosen.