While President Barack Obama, defeated 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and President-elect Donald Trump have all called for unity, PepsiCo CEO and chairperson Indra Nooyi has instead chosen to stir the pot.
She did so Thursday at the New York Times DealBook Conference in Manhattan by issuing unnecessary attacks on her future president.
“How dare you talk about women that way!” she exclaimed in a statement at the conference, referencing comments Trump made while on the campaign trail and in an old “Access Hollywood” tape leaked last month.
“If we don’t nip this in the bud, it is going to be a lethal force in society,” she added, as reported by Forbes.
Was such caustic criticism really necessary? Even President Obama had reportedly promised Wednesday to “root for” Trump and essentially let bygones be bygones, according to The New York Times.
“Everybody is sad when their side loses an election,” he declared. “But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage.”
In Nooyi’s defense, she did at least have the courtesy to remind her employees, who reportedly broke into tears over Trump’s election, that the world was not about to end.
“The first thing that we all have to do is to assure everyone living in the United States that you are safe,” she said Thursday, reported CNBC. “Nothing has changed as a result of this election. The process of democracy has happened. We just have to let life go on.”
Sure, except that laying into Trump for comments he made during a heated campaign did not qualify as “let(ting) life go on.” It sounded more like her holding a grudge that could and will most likely cost her billions in vanishing sales.
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