Google Exec. Responds to Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation: 'Abolish the Senate'
On Friday, when Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced her support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, ensuring that he would receive the votes required for confirmation, a Google executive tweeted an ominous message about America's system of government. He also joined an effort to bribe a U.S. senator.
"Abolish the Senate," tweeted Ken Norton, a former project manager at Google and currently a partner at GV — formerly Google Ventures — the company that directs the venture capital investments for Alphabet, Google's parent company. Norton has been at Google for 12 years.
Worse, Norton tweeted a call to action, announcing that he had donated money to a bribery scheme attempting to force Collins to vote "no" on Kavanaugh. "Match my pledge to Either Sen. Collins VOTES NO on Kavanaugh OR we fund her future opponent on [Crowdpac]!" he tweeted.
The Crowdpac "quid-pro-quo bribe" raised money for a future challenger to Susan Collins, with the.understanding that the money would be returned to donors if Collins were to vote "no" on Kavanaugh. The scheme arguably violated federal laws against bribery, and Collins declared that she would not be swayed by it.
Norton was not the only Google leader to respond extremely negatively to Kavanaugh's confirmation. As Fox News reported, design lead Dave Hogue infamously tweeted, "You are finished, [GOP]. You polished the final nail for your own coffins. F**K. YOU. ALL. TO. HELL."
The tweet, now deleted, concluded with yet more vitriol. "I hope the last images burned into your slimy, evil, treasonous retinas are millions of women laughing and clapping and celebrating as your souls descend into the flames," he wrote.
On Sunday, Hogue posted a follow-up tweet admitting that he deleted the original message. "Yes, I deleted that tweet. Yes, those opinions are mine personally, and I am responsible for them. Yes, I should have been more eloquent and less condemning. Yes, I still believe the [GOP] is wrong and not serving your best interests. Yes, I still believe we can do much better," he declared.
Hogue's tweet expressed a great deal of vitriol, and he was right to retract the message. Norton, however, has not yet retracted his own tweet.