Apple CEO Tim Cook marked Independence Day by tweeting a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt:
Wishing everyone a happy #Independence Day! ?? “Remember always that all of us … are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” -FDR
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 4, 2017
The quote comes from a speech FDR gave to the Daughters of the American Revolution in which he detailed how his ancestors came over on the Mayflower. In the speech, he said it was critical to remember “the reasons that brought our immigrant ancestors to this country, the reasons that impelled our Revolutionary ancestors to throw off a fascist yoke.”
“Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists,” FDR said.
It’s clear that Cook’s comments were a reference to Trump’s travel ban that targets immigrants and refugees from six Muslim-majority nations.
Cook has been a vocal opponent of the ban since the Trump administration first announced it in January. Apple’s founder, Steve Jobs, was the son of an immigrant from Syria, one of the six countries included in the travel ban.
In a letter to employees sent soon after Trump signed the executive order, Cook said, “Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.”
Brianna Wu is a software engineer who’s running for Congress in 2018—and she knows a dig when she sees one:
CEO of Apple?
CEO OF SHADE. ???????????? https://t.co/LKFe8O4iPn
— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) July 4, 2017
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