Why then, asks Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times, do they not speak out?

Why do they quickly follow up their private comments with, I could never say that on the record.

As Trump himself would say, there s something else going on.

Sorkin quotes Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, who was one of the few willing to speak to him on the record:

People are fearful that, especially in a circumstance where he might be in a position of extreme power as a potential presidential candidate, that that would be used in a retaliatory way, that would be used in vengeful way.

... Everyone gets worried about being attacked, and part of the logic and mechanics of bullies is that they cause people to be fearful that they ll be singled out and attacked.

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