|Mon Feb 29 2016 20:20:35|
Ecommerce CEOs Rub Donald Trump the Wrong Way
By: Ina Steiner
Donald Trump has a problem with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has a problem with Donald Trump. Should merchants who make a living on eBay and Amazon be concerned that the political clashes could impact their future?
The dispute between Trump and Bezos started in December
when Trump accused Bezos of buying the Washington Post to gain political influence for his company Amazon, which Trump believes doesn't pay its fair share of taxes. "If @amazon ever had to pay fair taxes, its stock would crash and it would crumble like a paper bag. The @washingtonpost scam is saving it!" Trump tweeted on December 7th.
On Sunday, Meg Whitman came out against Donald Trump's candidacy, calling him "unfit to be president," according to the Associated Press
. She herself had big political aspirations, having supported republicans Mitt Romney and John McCain in their runs for president and making her own run for governor of California, which she lost to Jerry Brown. While Whitman is currently CEO of HP, she's best known for her tenure at eBay.
While it's not unusual for business people and politicians to go at it in public, Trump promised repercussions. On Friday, he said if he becomes president, Amazon is going to have problems.
CNBC tweeted a 27-second video of the threat Trump made against Amazon - take a moment to watch him
as he says of Amazon, "If I become president, oh do they have problems. They're going to have such problems."
It's unclear how Trump might make things difficult for Amazon if he's elected president, especially since the company supports a national online sales tax and is in favor of online sales-tax legislation. Do you think a Trump vendetta against Amazon could impact online sellers? How?