SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins has responded to the criticism directed at him in the wake of controversial remarks he recently penned in a Wall Street Journal letter to the editor comparing today’s treatment of wealthy Americans to the persecutions of Jews in Nazi Germany.
Since that article went to print, Perkins appeared on Bloomberg Television and read from a letter of apology he said he sent to the Ant-Defamation League addressing his use of the word Kristallnacht (referring to the night in 1938 when Nazis coordinated an attack against Jews).
Perkins denied that his reference was neither overt nor latent anti-Semitism.
He’s never been shy about his opinions or his money. He’s a working-class guy who came out of White Plains, New York rose up into the computer business and has big ideas. He also unapologetically built the world’s biggest private sailing yacht because he wanted to have it.
When it comes to controversy or getting attention he’s no stranger to it and this is just another classic example.