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Congressman Dana Rohrbacher: The Mistreatment of Conservatives by Tech Giants Is a Civil Rights Issue

U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) blasted Google in the aftermath of the James Damore firing, arguing that Silicon Valley’s treatment of conservatives and libertarians is a Civil Rights issue.

“The mistreatment of conservatives and libertarians by tech monopolies is a civil rights issue,” Rohrabacher, who was a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, wrote in a tweet on Thursday. Google employee James Damore was fired after circulating an internal memo on the company’s issues with ideological tolerance across political divides. More specifically, Damore argued that Google had cultivated an environment in which conservative-leaning employees opted to keep their mouths shut to avoid public shaming and social ostracization.

Rohrbacher additionally commented, “I am very troubled by @google’s treatment of James Damore. You shouldn’t lose your job for telling the truth!.”

In a third tweet, Rohrbacher said, “If Silicon Valley continues with its illegal hiring practices Congress must investigate.”

Damore’s memo also argued that the disparity in gender representation in the tech industry may be partially the result of genetic factors, rather than exclusively due to discrimination. For this, Damore was terminated. He claims that he was fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”

A series of interviews by Breitbart Tech, entitled “Rebels of Google,” details the mistreatment that Rohrabacher may be referencing in his tweet. Aside from the firing, anonymous employees spoke out about internal blacklists, in which managers would publicly announce that they refuse to work directly with those who strayed from the firm’s progressive orthodoxy.

Tom Ciccotta is a libertarian who writes about economics and higher education for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @tciccotta or email him at tciccotta@breitbart.com

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