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PepsiCo's CEO said the election of Donald Trump as president was terrifying her employees.
"I had to answer a lot of questions from my daughters, from our employees. They were all in mourning," PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi told Andrew Ross Sorkin at The New York Times' DealBook conference on Thursday.
"Our employees were all crying," she said. "And the question that they're asking, especially those who are not white, 'Are we safe?' Women are asking, 'Are we safe?' LGBT people are asking, 'Are we safe?' I never thought I would have to answer those questions."
After congratulating Trump for his success, Nooyi, who supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, said everyone in the US needed assurance of their safety.
"What we heard was election talk," she said.
Nooyi also said she was disgusted more generally by the language that has been used to discuss women in recent months.
"How dare we talk about women that way," Nooyi said. "I don't think there's a place for that kind of language in any part of society, not in locker rooms, not in football players' homes, not in any place. And, if we don't nip it in the bud, Andrew, this is going to be lethal force that's going to take over society."
Nooyi said there was an overemphasis on candidates' soundbites and social-media-ready quotes throughout the election, which resulted in a failure to discuss real political issues in a nuanced manner.
Ultimately, Nooyi told Sorkin she thought Americans needed to unite and accept the outcome of the election.
"The process of democracy happened," she said. "We just need to let life go on."
Here's is the full video of Nooyi and Sorkin's conversation:
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