As tensions continue to run high following the results of the 2016 presidential election, Matt Maloney, the CEO of the food delivery company GrubHub, penned a letter to workers Thursday, suggesting that anyone who supports the rhetoric of Donald Trump find employment elsewhere.
First obtained by Fox News, the letter seeks to ensure those targeted by Trump's polemics—immigrants, Muslims, people of color, the LGBT community, and anyone who seems to exist outside of the established hegemony—that GrubHub will do what it can to protect them in the coming months and years.
"As we all try to understand what this vote means to us, I want to affirm to anyone on our team that is scared or feels personally exposed, that I everyone here at GrubHub will fight for your dignity and your right to make a better life for yourself and your family here in the United States," Maloney, who is a Hillary Clinton supporter, wrote in his letter to staffers. "If you do not agree with this statement then please reply to this email with your resignation because you have no place here. We do not tolerate hateful attitudes on our team."
Though CEOs have been tip-toeing around these conversations since Tuesday, Maloney's letter is an outlier in the way that it directly and personally addresses Trump and his supporters. Even Union Square Hospitality Group CEO Danny Meyer wrote an emotional letter to staff expressing his dismay over the results of the election, but seemed to extend an olive branch to potential Republicans, vowing to listen to their side of the story.
At GrubHub, however, Maloney says Trump would have been fired.
"While demeaning, insulting and ridiculing minorities, immigrants and the physically/mentally disabled worked for Mr. Trump, I want to be clear that this behavior—and these views, have no place at GrubHub," the CEO wrote. "Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination."
Following a wave of backlash online, accusing Maloney of unfairly targeting employees based on their political beliefs, the CEO attempted to further clarify his statements in a press release available on GrubHub's website. Maloney claims he does not want workers who voted for Trump to leave the company, but rather sought to assure employees that any discriminatory behavior would not be tolerated.
Even so, the Internet exploded in the wake of Maloney's initial letter, calling for a boycott of GrubHub on Twitter.