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7 Jan 2021

Chip Cutter & Emily Glazer, The Wall Street Journal

Some CEOs fire rioters, call for President Trump’s removal from office

In the wake of the riot at the Capitol, companies moved to cut ties with President Trump and his supporters and fired workers who participated... Shopify Inc. closed online stores associated with Mr. Trump’s campaign and businesses... Simon & Schuster said it would drop a coming book by Sen. Josh Hawley, a key backer of Mr. Trump’s election claims... Goosehead Insurance said... that Paul Davis, an associate general counsel, was no longer employed by the company. In an email to employees... Goosehead CEO Mark Jones said the company was “surprised and dismayed to learn that one of our employees, without our knowledge or support, participated in a violent demonstration at our nation’s capital yesterday.”

... Managers at Navistar Direct Marketing... saw on Twitter that a man wearing a company badge was among rioters inside the U.S. Capitol. After reviewing photos, the company said the employee had been “terminated for cause.”

... Companies might also face a backlash. The Lincoln Project, a group of anti-Trump Republicans and former Republicans, said it’s planning “a brutal corporate pressure campaign” targeting companies, trade associations, CEOs and others that “serve as the financiers of the Authoritarian movement that attacked the US Capitol,” Steve Schmidt, a political strategist and a co-founder of the Lincoln Project, said in a tweet.

... More calls for removing the president came from groups as varied as National Nurses United... and law firm Crowell & Moring LLP... Some other business leaders continue to stand with Mr. Trump and the Republican senators. John Lodge III, CEO of Lodge Lumber Co. in Houston, said he remains a supporter, personally and financially, of Mr. Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz. Mr. Lodge said he thinks the violence was staged to make Trump supporters look bad. “I support everyone who supports the president and Ted Cruz,” he said, adding that he has a list of people who don’t support the president and they won’t get money from him in the next election, whether Republican or Democrat.

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Business leaders condemn violence at US Capitol