Apple CEO Tim Cook talks President Trump, U.S. Supremes Court’s LGBTQ decision, and more in new interview

Apple CEO Tim Cook has participated in an interview with John Dickerson for “CBS Sunday Morning,” to be broadcast Sunday, June 21st.

Apple CEO Tim Cook (image: CBS News)
Apple CEO Tim Cook (image: CBS News)

CBS News:

Apple’s top executive Tim Cook, who six years ago became the first Fortune 500 CEO to come out as gay, is “incredibly grateful” for the Supreme Court decision this week making it illegal for companies to discriminate based on someone’s sexual orientation.

“I was incredibly grateful for their opinion,” Cook told the 60 Minutes correspondent. “And I applaud the justices who stood up and did that. You know, to me, America is on a journey toward equality. And that is one more brick in the wall, and a very important one.”

Does the Apple CEO also bring up civil rights issues with the president? “Of course I do,” Cook told Dickerson… Cook spoke with Dickerson just days before the company’s highly-anticipated annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), which kicks off this coming Monday, when the company will reveal details about new technology and software. Cook shares thoughts about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, how the iPhone has transformed most aspects of life, and the death of George Floyd, which was captured by cellphone video.

Cook pointed out that some of the most dramatic societal changes of recent times have come because someone captured video on a cellphone. He also said he’s proud that Apple has helped put a camera in everyone’s pocket.

MacDailyNews Take: Drumming up even more interest for WWDC’s keynote on Monday!

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    1. There’s just 230 things he can better do than giving interviews, but this distracts attention from all the problems are launching AirPower, AirPods light, AirTags, mediocre MacBook Pros, AppleCars etc.

  1. I believe that the Right-wingers on the USSC voted not for egalitarian reasons, that is, not exactly in support of LGBTQs, but in some legalistic, textualist reason which is a super conservative approach to how law is applied. “Gorsuch acknowledged that members of Congress in 1964 were not intending to protect LGBTQ individuals, but what mattered, he said, is the law they wrote.’Only the written word is the law, and all persons are entitled to its benefit.’
    If so, Cook should not revel in that textualist reasoning because those same Right-wingers could use the same reasoning to uphold some anti-egalitarian case that could lock in minority discrimination rather than ridding them.

    1. What a dumbass statement.

      Most don’t care about sexual preferences unless it interferes with another persons rights.

      I’m sure you agreed with Obama’s ridiculous bathroom rules.

        1. Because, John Dingler, you are a traitorous commie basterd who deserves to be deported to North Korea, where your awful examples of art would see you subjected to execution

      1. “Most don’t care about sexual preferences unless it interferes with another persons rights. “

        Tell that to our so called Christian brothers at the Westboro Baptist Church.

    2. So the decision was not some enlightened, “woke” decision at all; Its good outcome just happened to coincide with conservative/Libertarian values which are generally destructive when it comes to humanism and justice.

    3. Wrong. Even in the dissent, Justice Kavanaugh explicitly stated: “The Court has previously stated, and I fully agree, that gay and lesbian Americans ‘cannot be treated as social outcasts or as inferior in dignity and worth.'”

        1. Congress, those who are answerable to voters, passes a law, that’s how.

          In the U.S., the legislative branch creates the bills, the president passes them into law, and the judiciary is supposed to follow them as written, not make up new laws on their own, as unaccountable judges.

          1. According to six members of the Supreme Court, including two Republican appointees (one by President Trump), Congress DID pass a law on this subject, the 1964 Civil Right Act. Those six judges say that they ARE following the law as written by enforcing its actual text, rather than some sort of extraneous evidence.

        1. He law? When it comes to anything a Dingler does, the only response is “hee haw”, which just happens to be the demographic your execrable (f)art is aimed at.

  2. “You know, to me, America is on a journey toward equality. ”

    Depends on how Tim Cook defines equality. If by equality, he means equal outcome, I disagree with that. That’s not possible or realistic. If he means equal opportunity and justice for all under the law, then I support that wholeheartedly.

      1. Certainly everyone can be a victim, but nobody should be. Creating victims is an injustice, so preventing victimization is an act of justice.

        Tm Scott is the conservative Republican who serves as the junior US Senator from South Carolina. He reports that he has been stopped by the police an average of twice a year since he became an adult, notwithstanding being the only African-American ever to serve in both houses of Congress. The Capitol Police have tried to exclude him from the building four different times. He reports that every African-American police chief he knows has been stopped at least once while he was in office, often by members of his own department. Most LGBTQ+ individuals report the same sort of police targeting.

        Fixing that sort of systemic bias isn’t whining or seeking a crutch. It is seeking justice. I’m glad that Tim Cook recognizes that.

          1. Now you know how everyone feels when they see your name and read your crap! Infuriating blather from the world’s dumbest man – not Trump, but applecynic, dumbest dumkopf the world has ever produced. Sad.

        1. “Most LGBTQ+ individuals report the same sort of police targeting.”

          Show us the verifiable statistics, because once again, I am not interested in your liberal generalization assumptions and opinions.

          “Fixing that sort of systemic bias isn’t whining or seeking a crutch. It is seeking justice. I’m glad that Tim Cook recognizes that.”

          Random injustices are more localized present day than “systemic.” A highly charged politically correct code word concocted by liberal activists and the complicit systemic media. We are not living in outdated racial strife times like the mid-1800s that led to Civil War.

          Foremost Cook has literally trashed Steve’s golden rule not to get involved in politics because it is bad for business. Never tell that to a self absorbed self righteous liberal SJW activist who seems to wear it as a badge of honor.

          I respect what Cook has done for Apple regarding making tons of money, unfortunately on the backs of Chinese labor and instrumental — the architect— of moving large scale manufacturing OUT of the USA.

          Like many like minded misguided Democrats that passed NAFTA, Cook took full advantage at the expense of the American worker and American labor unions he thumbed his nose at to this day. Last time I checked NO labor unions at Apple headquarters, Apple stores or Apple manufacturing. In China, Communist control of manufacturing is the closest resemblance of a labor union, but suffocating and quite different.

          What you PURPOSELY NEGLECTED to mention — “JUSTICE Act” Introduced in United States Senate by U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. You were more interested in “Junior Senator” cheap shot comment — not at all surprise. More here:

          https://www.scott.senate.gov/media-center/press-releases/justice-act-introduced-in-united-states-senate

          BOTTOM LINE: You are a shameless sycophant suck up to Cook IGNORING his many flaws. We can count on it around here like the sun rising in the morning…🤣

  3. I suspect the good senator has a lead foot or other such reasons for being pulled over. “Most LGBTQ individuals report the same sort of police targeting.” How the hell do cops know what people’s sexual preferences are?

  4. I am a black man. I am 62 years old, and I have memories.

    I have memories of cops pulling me over, forcing me out of my car at gunpoint, hand cuffing me and searching all through my car, while never tellingj me what they were searching for. I have memories of cops pulling over and harassing myself and my girlfriend while we walked down a brightly lit street less than a block from her home. I have memories of being asked to change my seat on an airplane because an important white woman did not want to sit next to me. I have memories of my father being pulled over by a police officer, and arrested for something he didn’t do, and my mother left with us in the car even though she couldn’t drive. Yes, I’ve been followed around stores by security. I’ve been refused seating at a restaurant, and barred from test driving a new car.

    I have countless memories of racist incidents, poor treatment by police officers and many others. Enough to easily conclude that America is the most racist place on the planet.

    Systemic racism? Of course it’s there. It’s so insidious that you can’t see it but you can feel it.

    The problem is that none of these things ever happened to me. They are images from television, movies, books, and the stories of others told and retold to me. They are images so powerfully manufactured for me, that if I did not insist on clinging to the truth, I could easily slip into believing that they were my truth.

    Even though these stories and images are not my truth, they are fuel that feeds the potential for hate inside of me and I have to remember that my truth is different than the cultural memory that permeates my ethnic subcategory.

    In my entire 62 years of life, I have never personally been mistreated by police officers. When I have been pulled over by cops, I’ve either been given a ticket or not. Nothing special happened. Every time I’ve been guilty as hell of some infraction.

    Perhaps I just refuse to be sucked into the social delusion of rampant racism.

    Lately we’ve been focused on “systemic racism” particularly within the police departments across the nation and even though the numbers show that the idea is a blatant fallacy, America is down on her knees begging forgiveness.

    Our cultural psychosis has all but crippled the nation, again. White people are finding the most cringeworthy ways possible to express their guilt for crimes they have not committed. They rush to shower money on a Marxist hashtag that they believe some how speaks for mainstream black America, which is yet another lie made truth by constant repetition. I believe the word is grift and the word for the media in this is accomplices.

    So the next question is who benefits from our hate, anger, and focus on the past because it sure as hell isn’t us.

    1. You are a great man, Thelonius. I wish we were as wise as you, and I wish applecynic were 1/100th as smart as you. We are genuinely lucky to have your views here. Thank you.

    2. So, Thelonius, are you saying that Senator Scott was lying about his own experiences? That a conservative Republican who supports President Trump and voted against his impeachment has been deluded by liberal propaganda? That you are a very stable genius while other black men are sitting in Congress only because the fools won a tap dance contest sponsored by The Elders of Zion?

      1. So now you are projecting your White guilt on a Black man for his honesty? Mighty white of you…

        And funny how all of a sudden you believe without doubt something a Republican said as the final word on the state of racism in our nation. But then, if it helps your argument, you will quote anyone.

        Sen. Scott was raised in a low income neighborhood that’s in a predominately Black city by a single Mother. If he was stopped and harassed by racist cops, that to me is a crime in itself and inexcusable.

        On the other hand, as any person of ‘law’ knows, these neighborhoods, White OR Black have a higher crime rate. It’s a constant, day after day night after night ongoing battle between law enforcement and those they know to be crooked. Being called out over and over to the same apartment or housing complexes, seeing the kids having to deal with it, not having witnesses help for fear of retribution or just hate/distrust of the police. It wears on the officers. Anyone lucky enough to have friends that are cops knows this.

        You want to paint this current scenario as one-sided because that’s what you do as a professional arguer. Tilt the facts and skewer over and over until the verdict is in your favor, because that’s what matters, not the truth.

        My oldest son was harassed by the cops in the small East Texas town he grew up in. He’s White, they’re White. He did good in school and was popular with pretty much everyone, yet he got pulled over at least once every-other month for most of his high-school days. Wonder why? Maybe they knew he was prone to have a little too much ‘fun’ and they kept the pressure on to keep him straight. They did this to many kids of all races and most parents understood and appreciated it.

        Not saying this was Sen. Scotts situation, but I also know some of my son’s Black friends who got stopped less than he seemed to think it had to do with race.

        Like Thelonius said, when society conditions you from childhood to believe something, ESPECIALLY if there is some truth to it, then many begin to use that as a crutch. I’ve worked around several Blacks who were fired and the FIRST thing many thought was racism, no matter shitty of an employee they were. This made it uncomfortable for the majority of Blacks (and Whites) who had to constantly review every move made when having to get rid of a minority. It was much easier to fire a White person that was just as sorry because when they were gone, they were gone.

        Point is, this racism crap will continue to fester no matter what is done as long as the race hustlers and Democrats are getting rich/powerful off of it. They cry and scream for change, but they never do anything.

        For the fist time in my life I have decided that it is time for reparations. Yes, it is a stupid idea the Left uses to get votes but I am serious. I’m ready for them to dole out $150,000.00 to each Black that request it, national budget be damned, and then end ALL aid, quotas and tax breaks aimed to equal the field (but never do) and let’s put this crap behind us.

        No one will want to hear another word about racism.
        We’ll all be too poor to notice….

        1. Senator Scott may have been raised in a poor neighborhood, but he does not live there now. He specified in his speech on the Senate floor that the stops have continued at roughly the same rate since he became a member of Congress in 2011.

          My guess is that if your eldest son had the resources and political savvy to win election to the US Senate, the police would leave him alone.

          As First Then says, “driving while black” is a thing and we need to bring an end to it. How can that possibly be controversial? Of yes, Tim Scott is in the same Senate that has been blocking anti-lynching legislation since 1947.

      2. I have no idea if Scott is lying. I don’t care who he supports. This has nothing to do with generic politics. This is about racial bullshit. I do know that these things never happen to me. I also know that millions of black people per year are stopped by cops and report no problems in the encounter. I also know the line about “Most police chiefs” wreaks as a lie.

        I also know that black people, a mere 13% of the population commit over 50% of murders and over 50% or robberies in this country. 30% of the rapes. Hell there was yet another blood fest in Chicago just this weekend. I also know when you break those stats down into black areas and neighborhoods they either remain consistent or go up.

        So it is only RATIONAL that a cop who is not only charged with cleaning up after crime, but preventing crime would look twice at a black man, as opposed to a white one, and this is not because of racism. It’s common sense. In fact, most of these crimes are committed by black men. ONLY 6% of the population. I would describe us as a criminally prolific demographic at best.

        93% of black murders are by other black people. 0.04% of blacks are killed by cops. Anyone who thinks that 0.04% is more important than the 93% is either a blatant hypocrite or a dumbass, or a liar.

        Yet here we go again with duped white liberals prostrating themselves for a lie.

        TX. PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE THE PROBLEM BECAUSE YOU FACILITATE THE LIES. YOU FACILITATE THE EXCUSES. YOU ARE THE FUEL THAT RACISM BURNS ON.

        Your assumption that something you can do or any white person is the worst kind of racism. Who that hell do you think you are? You’re just an opinionated jerk who has no idea the shit cops have to deal with.

        1. I worked with peace officers from multiple local, state, and federal agencies every day for thirty years, so I think I understand what they put up with better than you do. Most of them are a hell of a lot brighter than you are and understand that racial profiling is not only illegal but also a logical fallacy.

          Stopping someone, arresting them, or using force against them must be based an an articulable (that is, not a hunch but something that can be explained in words) belief about this particular individual at this particular time and place. It is NEVER enough to simply claim that they are a member of a suspect class and thus individually suspicious for that reason alone.

          Even if most NBA players are African-American, teams do not recruit players because they are black, but because there is articulable evidence that they can play basketball. Most women are shorter than the average man, but there is articulable evidence that most WNBA centers are tall. An honest coin may come up heads three times in a row, but the chances on the fourth flip are still 50-50.

          Maybe there is a higher rate of criminals among blacks (although differential arrest and conviction rates may contribute to that impression), but that is not evidence that any particular black man is more likely to be a criminal than anyone else. An officer who applies a lower threshold for probable cause or reasonable suspicion against blacks than against whites is violating the law, the federal and state constitutions, and his own oath of office. He is a bad apple and should be removed from the barrel as quickly as due process allows.

          No matter what crap a peace officer may endure in the course of his work—and it is far more than most of us could endure—it is not an excuse for unprofessional conduct. It is even less of an excuse for illegal conduct. An officer who stops someone for “driving while black” or on the basis of any other form of racial profiling, rather than on the basis of a reasonable individualized suspicion, is a racist.

          Those who defend racial profiling are also racists, whatever their alleged ethnicity.

  5. I’m sure there are examples. There are EXAMPLES OF EVERYTHING.

    Did you know more white people are killed by cops than blacks notwithstanding the fact that we commit the vast majority of crime?

    Let’s swap crime statistics with Blacks and Asians. You think cops will still be looking closely at blacks or will Driving While Asian become a thing?

  6. The most racist thing about America is the cowardice with which we face the truth about black America and that is that racism has little or nothing to do with everything that is wrong with us. We have a degenerate culture that caters to the lowest common denominator.

    You can dump all the money and praise you want on Marxist groups like Black Lives Matter but it won’t change a goddamn thing. Nothing is going to change until we change ourselves and we will not change until the country wakes up and say to Black America, we’ve done enough, go fuck yourselves. Equal opportunity is sitting here when you want it.

    1. The African-American community can address its own problems. The white community needs to focus on its problems, too. One of those is a long history of discrimination against “the Other” on the prohibited grounds of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. That history has not ended and will not end unless we address it. We do not have the right to tell Black America to f’k themselves until we stop f’ing them ourselves. We do have the right to suppress our own racist behavior, notwithstanding those like you who justify it.

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