SAN FRANCISCO, April 13 (UPI) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made thinly veiled comments opposed to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s position on immigration, drawing a sharp rebuke from a Trump spokeswoman.
Zuckerberg, speaking to a group of Facebook employees at a conference in San Francisco, did not mention the GOP front-runner by name, but referenced his signature proposal for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.
“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others,” Zuckerberg said. “For blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade, and in some cases around the world even cutting access to the internet. … It takes courage to choose hope over fear.”
After social media buzzed with Zuckerberg’s remarks Tuesday, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson responded Wednesday, saying she couldn’t take a billionaire tech mogul seriously about immigration when he lives in an exclusive gated Silicon Valley community.
“Self-righteousness isn’t very proactive: We can talk about taxes, we can talk about jobs and even immigration, but that doesn’t really put food on the table and save lives,” she said. “I think I’ll take Mark Zuckerberg seriously when he gives up all of his private security, moves out of his posh neighborhood, and comes [to] live in a modest neighborhood near a border town.”