Anti-hate watchdog the Anti-Defamation League got two high-profile pledges of $1 million each from business leaders in the wake of the violent far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, including from the son of a Trump ally.
James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox and son of Rupert Murdoch, sent a letter to friends announcing the donation from him and his wife Katherine and expressing dismay over both the violent white nationalist march and US President Donald Trump’s reaction to it.
“What we watched this last week in Charlottesville and the reaction to it by the President of the United States concern all of us as Americans and free people,” he wrote according to The New York Times, which obtained the letter.
“The presence of hate in our society was appallingly laid bare as we watched swastikas brandished on the streets of Charlottesville and acts of brutal terrorism and violence perpetrated by a racist mob. I can’t even believe I have to write this: standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis. Or Klansmen, or terrorists. Democrats, Republicans, and others must all agree on this, and it compromises nothing for them to do so,” he added.
Murdoch also urged others to donate to the ADL.
The president has drawn widespread and bipartisan criticism for his comments at a Trump Tower news conference where he insisted that “both sides” were to blame for violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville where a counter-protester was killed. The president dissolved two business councils after members who are CEOs began quitting.
Murdoch’s father Rupert is seen as close to Trump and his conservative Fox news division is a favorite of the president’s.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also pledged that his company will donate $1 million each to the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center in the wake of the rally.
Apple also will match employee donations to the two groups and others two for one through September, according to a memo Cook wrote Wednesday night obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Cook said he strongly disagrees with President Donald Trump’s comparison between the neo-Nazi and white supremacist protesters and those who opposed their rally in Charlottesville.
“Hate is a cancer,” Cook wrote. “This is not about the left or the right, conservative or liberal. It is about human decency and morality.”