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Have you ever met Marc Benioff or anyone whose ever worked closely with him? It's pretty commonly believed among those who have that he wants to take some sort of political office at some point in the near future, and that's more important to him that continuing to expand Salesforce.

The bar is pretty low right now. Who hasn't recently entertained that idea, even one moment to go that route (which seems to be leading to Nowhereland).

s/Marc Benioff/Donald Trump/ and you'd see that this is not a defense or an indicator of any sort of good intent, it's just an unrelated bit of trivia.

I think that the point being made is that he's saying this to position himself in such a way as having a politically mindful voice, which is relevant considering what he's saying.

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