(ThePatriotSource.com)- Clients have hit back at Expensify CEO David Barrett after he used his company mailing list to send an email encouraging people to vote for Joe Biden. The email he sent included several falsehoods, including the idea that President Donald Trump was attacking democracy, and that voting against Joe Biden was voting against democracy.
Barrett justified his email by saying he was helping to prevent a “civil war,” but appeared to forget that President Donald Trump has a huge amount of support in the United States – including from businesses.
“We are facing an unprecedented attack on the foundations of democracy itself,” he said in the email, without presenting any evidence. “If you are a US citizen, anything less than a vote for Biden is a vote against democracy.”
“That’s right, I’m saying a vote for Trump, a vote for a third-party candidate, or simply not voting at all – they’re all the same,” he added.
The email hit the news nationally, as CEOs typically do not use their mailing list to send such detailed diatribes that contain only personal opinions and no information directly relating to their business accounts. Not only is it irrelevant to the business done between Expensify and their customers, but it also risks client relationships. And many client relationships were damaged.
Carlos Domingo, the CEO of Securitize, slammed Barrett on Twitter. He said that the email was “completely inappropriate” and “total spam.”
— Carlos Domingo (@carlosdomingo) October 23, 2020
He also said that he was now looking for alternatives so he can terminate his account with Expensify.
Daniel Rothschild, the executive director for the Mercatus Center and George Mason University, wrote a public letter in response to Barret. He accused the CEO of violating the trust of customers and contributing to polarization.
“I also have strong feelings about another matter of public interest: the politicization of everything,” he wrote. “A healthy society cannot exist if its political tribalism invades every aspect of commercial, civic, and community life…Team Red and Team Blue have gone from being who we vote for to, in many cases, lifestyle determinants. That is unhealthy to our civic fabric.”
— Daniel M. Rothschild (@danrothschild) October 23, 2020
The full email is listed in a question-and-answer format, with Barrett asking himself questions and then answering them in vain, factually inaccurate diatribes.
You can read the full email here.