Oh dear. Rep. Earl Ehrhart is upset and offended that the CEO of Grubhub dared to suggest that there is no room for “hateful attitudes,” like those promoted by Donald Trump, at his company. And this sort of behavior isn’t new for the conservative state representative from Powder Springs.
Ehrhart misconstrued an email from Matt Maloney to Grubhub employees to be a threat against any employee that voted for Trump, and is now falling back on his usual tactics — threats, bullying, and intimidation. Unfortunately, as a state legislator he has some power to follow through.
Ehrhart reached out to the state’s Department of Labor and the Attorney General’s office to investigate the company, according to a report from the AJC.
First, what did Maloney actually say to get Ehrhart all fired up?
“While demeaning, insulting and ridiculing minorities, immigrants and the physically/mentally disabled worked for Mr. Trump, I want to be clear that this behavior – and these views, have no place at Grubhub. Had he worked here, many of his comments would have resulted in his immediate termination.”
In his email to employees, Maloney goes on to ask employees to “reply to this email with your resignation” if they do not agree with the concerns over hateful politics and the company’s desire to be broadly inclusive.
Ehrhart told the AJC, “It was so offensive to me. [Maloney] made all these pejorative statements about Trump.”
As the CEO of a company, Maloney is responsible for the company culture. Grubhub appears to appreciate that a diverse company is a better company. Beyond the Trump comments, this email was a statement of support for employees, regardless of gender identity, race, sexual orientation or cultural background.
Ehrhart is not new to being a bully. Earlier this year, he called LGBT students a “bigoted, intolerant hate group” for leading protests against the appointment of Sam Olens as the new KSU president.
Using his role as a state legislator, he threatened and bullied Georgia Tech — denying the school money for a new library, calling on the president to resign — all over the treatment of a student who was accused of sexually assaulting another student on campus.
Ehrhart and his wife even filed a lawsuit on behalf over the issue, saying that schools don’t have adequate due process.
Ehrhart’s anger over the due process issue extends to students and student groups that have been accused of racist violence, like shouting racial slurs at a black student walking past a frat house.
Using the government to bully people into supporting his backwards beliefs isn’t new for Ehrhart, but with the rise of Trump he might find it a lot easier to get support for his hateful, harmful views.
Ehrhart refuses to invest in policies that support and uplift the most vulnerable among us. Instead he seems to view any challenge to the (racist, sexist) status quo as a personal affront that he must fight with whatever power he can muster at the state legislator.
And now Ehrhart seems to have a new target: anyone who speaks critically of Trump, and expresses concern about his incredibly harmful politics. How many institution will he bully and threaten? How many people will he steamroll to get his way?