Boeing’s statement after D.C. riot misses the mark

I am a former employee of Boeing. As a company with a powerful national and global platform, I was anxious to see how Boeing would respond to the horrific events in Washington, D.C. So far, the only statement I have seen is the following press release:

“Boeing proudly serves a vital role with our U.S. government customer in defending democracy here, and around the world. The vote of the people and the peaceful transition of government are core to our democracy. Our company has a long history of working with elected officials over many years. In the spirit of bipartisanship, we encourage them to work with President-elect Biden to unify our nation.”

I am flabbergasted by this response. It was labeled as a response to the insurrection but there is no specific mention of the events or how the company leaders feel. There is no mention of the role Donald Trump played or even of the loss of life. It only states Boeing agrees to work with the duly elected president. Since that is your job, your duty, and the only way to function as a business that statement means nothing.

It is well known the company has strong ties to Trump. Since the company does not denounce this seditious act, I can only assume that you do not see these as problematic and continue to support Trump and the actors responsible. I used to take great pride in working for such an illustrious company but no longer.

There are times when we must all stand for what is right, even if it is not in the best interest of ourselves or our business. Now is such a time. Show your employees and the nation that we can continue to respect the company leaders.

Denise Hotchkiss


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