The internet is at it again. The announcement of President Donald Trump banning entry into the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries has understandably caused some backlash. The outrage and criticisms come both from the USA and the international community, with various personalities speaking out against it. And now, Facebook’s own Mark Zuckerberg has joined the fray.
The result? Netizens now want him to run for President. And yes, some of them seem pretty serious about it.
We Are A Nation Of Immigrants
Last Friday, the President – who has been in office for just a couple of weeks – implemented an executive order, preventing refugees and passport holders from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen, from entering the US for a period of 3-4 months. The same ban is implemented on Syrian refugees for an indefinite time.
Mark Zuckerberg responded with a passionate Facebook post: “My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria, and Poland. Priscilla’s (his wife’s) parents were from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that,” his post begins.
“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat… We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are.” The post has since amassed over 740,000 reactions.
My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscilla's parents were refugees from China and Vietnam….
The top comment on the thread (with over 20,000 likes) suggested that Mark Zuckerberg run for president. Given that the same comment suggested an appointment for Director of Memes, it was clearly a joke. But the follow-up replies created a mishmash of people supporting the idea, putting it down, and debating it left and right.
Apparently, this isn’t the first time that netizens have pushed the Facebook founder toward the highest seat of government. Speculation has been running high since he pledged to visit 30 US states he hadn’t yet been to. The lengthy Facebook post slamming Donald Trump’s infamous travel ban was probably fuel to the fire.
However, the CEO has since put such speculation to rest: “No,” he said, to BuzzFeed’s clarification of any plans to run. “I’m focused on building our community at Facebook and working on the Chan Zuckerberg initiative,” he added, referring to his and his wife’s project. It aims to “advance human potential and promote equal opportunity”.
And, just like that, Mark Zuckerberg has shot down the idea that his eyes are on the White House. Perhaps, it was an outlandish idea to begin with. So… why give such speculation any attention?
Well, once upon a time, people didn’t take Donald Trump running for president seriously, either.