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Cook 2020? Apple CEO Channels Obama at MLK Speech

Apple's Tim Cook talked about "hope" in his speech, advocating for liberal policy positions.

By NTK Staff | 04.05.2018 @1:39pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook, speaking a Southern Christian Leadership Conference dinner honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday evening, gave a speech that may raise eyebrows around the country.

Channeling former President Obama, the Apple CEO touched on various causes dear to progressives, and he encouraged the audience to continue fighting for civil rights.

“Despite all of the challenges we face, I have hope. Despite the frustration, I have hope,” he told the crowd, echoing Obama’s 2008 campaign theme.

Cook cited the efforts of Parkland students to push gun control, activists fighting for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the #MeToo movement, and gay rights advancements as evidence of a progressive turn in America.

“These heroes know that patience is an indulgence we cannot afford,” he urged the crowd.

The CEO then touted his company’s work to help this progress along. “Time has sped up. In many ways, [Apple] has helped speed it up. Technology has accelerated the pace of progress,” he told the crowd. “Change can happen faster.”

Cook also launched a tour of Iowa in 2017, the first caucus in the lead-up to the 2020 election.

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