It turns out US business bosses have better morals than religious leaders

Donald Trump reacts to the press.

Donald Trump has closed two US business councils after bosses quit over his handling of the violence in Charlottesville at the weekend.

Interestingly, not a single member of his Evangelical Council – representing religious organisations – felt the need to protest in the same way.

The heads of 3M, Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson and United Technologies announced their resignations on Wednesday, after Trump backtracked on his condemnation of neo-Nazi racism and blamed protesters against it as well, in a press conference on Tuesday.

The BBC reported that “JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, a member of the Strategy and Policy Forum, released a separate statement on Wednesday saying he strongly disagreed with Mr Trump’s recent statements, adding that ‘fanning divisiveness is not the answer. Constructive economic and regulatory policies are not enough and will not matter if we do not address the divisions in our country. It is a leader’s role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart’.

“Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup Co said she could not continue to participate in the advisory panel after Mr Trump’s comments. Activists had called on Campbell Soup, among other firms, to take action.”

At first, Trump had been defiant, claiming that the exodus involved “grandstanders”:

But he soon changed his tune:

Some have suggested that the CEOs left because they believed supporting Trump would harm them:

This shows a significant wind-change from previous tangles with Trump, in which Boeing and General Motors both saw their stock prices fall. Commenters like George Takei took the opportunity to make it personal:

But the really interesting aspect of this is the fact that not one representative of organised religion in the US has resigned from Trump’s Evangelical Council, despite the threat represented by the rise of the neo-Nazis.

Some have seen this as another echo of 1930s Germany:

Others have concentrated on the possibility of institutionalised racism:

Either way, President Trump has raised serious questions about his own appropriateness to remain President.

Leading figures of the US entertainment world have called for his impeachment.

Can the politicians be far behind?

Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:


3 thoughts on “It turns out US business bosses have better morals than religious leaders

  1. Jean Hardiman Smith

    15 hrs ·…/…

    In case anyone thinks the clergy are doing nothing. 🙂
    Meet the clergy who stared down white supremacists in Charlottesville
    “It really felt like every step you take could be your last.”|By Jack Jenkins

    The ordinary clergy were much more brave than the “might damage sales” businessmen – though I am glad they took the action they did. Please don’t use sweeping generalisations (religious leaders – all of them?), though, it isn’t fair on the majority, and it is an alt right tactic.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      You’re accusing me of being “alt-right”?
      Shame on you.
      The clergy on the ground are not the religious leaders on the Evangelical Council.
      It is the leaders who must be seen to stand up and be counted – as the business leaders have – not only the clergy at ground-level, so to speak.
      You have created a false equivalence. Please stop.

Comments are closed.