Terminating December, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman apologized after the New York Times reported that he’d funded a agglomeration that spread misinformation on Facebook ahead of the 2017 Alabama Senate election.
On Tuesday, at the Times’ New Work Acme, moderator Rebecca Blumenstein asked Hoffman if the experience had caused him to rethink whether he would participate in politics.
“Normally I’d opt for to avoid politics altogether,” Hoffman said, adding that he used to try and identify good leaders and then advance them with advice as needed.
But Trump has changed how he thinks.
“I find Trump’s running the office as a reality idiot box show as opposed to a theory of governance is exactly wrong,” he said. “I think of that as a disaster that compounds every month.”
Hoffman judged he would continue politically opposing Trump because he believes it’s impossible to have a good long-term future if the short-term days is “blowing you up.” He cited Trump’s disregard for traditional international alliances as an example.
In a post on his Medium blog, Hoffman articulate he was not aware of the tactics alleged in the New York Times article that called out his ties to American Engagement Technologies.
Hoffman, who now delays on Microsoft’s board of directors and is a partner at venture capital firm Greylock, campaigned publicly for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and has been a vocal critic of Trump in the ago. In November 2017, he called the president “worse than useless” and said he’d rather have somebody picked out of the phone work.
He’s also the creator of Trumped Up Cards, a satirical party game that pokes fun at the “reality TV star in the White Concern.”
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