When Apple's CEO Tim Cook told Charlie Rose in a 60 minutes episode that aired in January that his reasoning for making iPhones in China wasn't because of their cheap labor force but rather skill -- It was like hearing nails scratching on a chalk board. Many took issue with Cook's statement. In recent weeks, Presidential candidate Donald Trump has pounded the table consistently insisting that companies like Apple, Ford, Nabisco and Carrier should open plants in the U.S. instead of China and Mexico so as to give Americans badly needed jobs in the labor sector. Apple fears Trump's position because they absolutely have no interest in ever having their popular products made in the U.S. In fact, Apple so fears Trump that they're now joined a cabal that's determined to take him down.
According to the Huffington Post, "Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering. The main topic at the closed-to-the-press meeting: How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump."
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan and others were in attendance.
"The key task now, to once again paraphrase Karl Marx, is less to understand Trump than to stop him," Kristol wrote. "In general, there's a little too much hand-wringing, brow-furrowing, and fatalism out there and not quite enough resolving to save the party from nominating or the country electing someone who simply shouldn't be president." How dare Mr.Trump challenge the status quo, quip the little Republican gods.
The people that are voting for Trump are on record as being angry at their government for getting nothing done as American companies abandon their country for better profits elsewhere. Does anyone remember Ross Perot's warning about the "giant sucking sound" that would happen if the free trade (NAFTA) went through? He has been proven right over time and now one of Trump's missions is to stop the current trade deal with Mexico and encourage U.S. companies to remain or open new plants in the U.S to get Americans working again. Who see's evil in that mission?
Yet at the end of the day, the business sector couldn't care less what the people want and never have. So if there's a way to derail Trump, they'll do everything in their power to do just that. And with Trump pointing to Apple specifically on numerous occasions of late, Apple now has a vested interest in being a part of this movement. The oligarchy's mission is clear: stop Trump, no matter the cost.
Is there a flip-side in support of the new group against Trump that met at the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum? Yes of course. The American Enterprise Institute created a video to counter Trump's views on free trade as noted below. It's tailor made to refute Trump's position.
At one point the speaker asks will Americans want to pay $2,000 more for a car in a trade war? Yes I believe they would if they understood that it meant supporting jobs in America. A $2,000 premium paid out over a five year loan wouldn't be a burden. I don't think having jobs at McDonalds, even at $15/hour, is what the American worker is hoping for. They want honest jobs that pay a decent wage. The jobs they once had that are now leaving the country. With that said, the video below is an opposing view worth noting.