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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Virgin America CEO: Trump over Hillary (?!)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 11:49 AM

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Though his airline is based in the Bay Area and popular with liberals as well as the tech jet set, Virgin America CEO David Cush is not feeling the Bern. He's not feeling Hillary Clinton, either. Flying first class in Cush's mind is a fellow CEO.

Donald.

Trump.

The Donald received a vote of sort-of-confidence from Cush on Wednesday night, according to the San Francisco Business Times, who attended a Super Bowl-related event in which Cush handled a bevy of quick-hit questions — including who would win a Trump-Clinton showdown in November.

"I'm not going to give a one-word answer on this," said Cush, according to the paper, before delivering three words: "I would say Trump."

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To an audience of "entrepreneurs and techies" in South of Market (which is pretty much any public audience in San Francisco these days), Cush delivered what have become the Trump campaign's most typical talking points: Americans are sick of politicians in politics, and they want a "change" to someone who a total political neophyte from the business world.

And of course, it's all about the art of the deal. 

"Donald Trump's all about compromise, because it's negotiation — that's all it is," Cush told the audience, which reacted with predictable shock and disbelief.

""The fact that we've got people who have lived in the real world . . . who have done things and created things and had to compromise — that's the big thing for me," he said. "In Washington, there's an inability to compromise right now."

"It's less about Donald, although I think that would be tremendously entertaining, and more about the fact that we need a little bit of a different mindset," he finished, to applause, according to the Business Times.

Later, Cush called himself "a huge Clinton fan," while adding that "I find the process that Trump has ignited very interesting."

So is this someone messing with peoples' heads at an otherwise stuffy event, or a business bro putting business bros before, well, reason and logic? 

Or for some true believers, it may be time to start flying JetBlue. 

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Chris Roberts

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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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