Telecom execs, industry leaders react to chaos at the U.S. Capitol

Telecommunications and industry leaders speak out in opposition to the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by pro-Trump supporters. (Pixabay)

While the nation looked on in horror as hundreds of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, telecom execs and industry leaders took to Twitter.

Dating back to 2016, telecommunications executives were bullish on President Donald Trump's election as the nation's 45th president, but that luster has long since worn off for some of them.

Trump endeared himself to CEOs and executives of all stripes when he announced his Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017. At the time, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was one of the most vocal proponents of corporate tax cuts, endorsing the idea that it would lead to higher wages for workers.

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Since receiving $21 billion from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, AT&T has steadily cut jobs each quarter, despite promises to create 7,000 new jobs, CWA said in its release. Overall, AT&T has eliminated over 40,000 jobs, according to the Communications Workers of America Union.

While current AT&T CEO John Stankey doesn't appear to be on Twitter (I couldn't find a statement by AT&T related to the riot as of of Thursday morning), here's a look at some of the tweets by telecom executives and industry leaders related to Wednesday's events: