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For Michael Sacks, ‘blood boils’ over Charlottesville

August 26th, 2017

Michael Sacks, the circumspect businessman who has the ear of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, strongly condemned the white nationalist protest that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va.

“My blood boils,” he wrote in an email to employees a day after President Donald Trump defended the protesters who wore Nazi swastikas and carried torches symbolic of the Ku Klux Klan.

“Hate, bigotry, intolerance…Ku Klux Klan, Nazi’s, Neo Nazi’s White Supremacy, White Nationalists, White Power, BAD, VERY BAD, HORRIBLE, OFFENSIVE DISGUSTING,” the CEO of GCM Grosvenor financial company wrote in an email that was forwarded to me.

“We won’t tolerate a whiff of it,” wrote Sacks, who’s among top executives who used the events in Charlottesville to discuss company principles and moral codes.

Other CEOs responded as well, including, Marcus Lemonis, the CEO of Camping World and host of CNBC’s “The Profit;” Jen Tescher, president and CEO of the Center for Financial Services Innovation; and Rishi Shah, the CEO of Outcome Health.

Read their comments in my Taking Names column in the Chicago Sun-Times.


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