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Netflix CEO says 'Trump would destroy much of what is great about America'

Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix.
Mark Neuling | CNBC
Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix.

Major business leaders, particularly Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, knocked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as part of a statement released by Hillary Clinton's campaign Thursday. The announcement also included a lengthy list of supporters including Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

"Trump would destroy much of what is great about America. Hillary Clinton is the strong leader we need, and it's important that Trump lose by a landslide to reject what he stands for," Hastings said in a statement from the Clinton campaign.

Dan Akerson, who has served as a naval officer as well as CEO of General Motors, said he will vote for Clinton, despite having consistently voted for Republican candidates in the past.

"Serving as the leader of the free world requires effective leadership, sound judgment, a steady hand and most importantly, the temperament to deal with crises large and small. Donald Trump lacks each of these characteristics," Akerson said. "Hillary Clinton has the experience and judgment to serve as an effective commander in chief."

Mark Pincus, co-founder of Zynga, said Clinton has a "proven record of fighting for the American people ... [who] need an advocate, not an opportunist."

"Donald Trump has failed to put forth concrete and realistic policies to help the American people and grow the economy. Our president must care about the success of the country as a whole — not just himself," Pincus said.

Other Clinton backers took the opportunity to criticize Trump and his behavior. Erroll Davis, former chancellor of the University System of Georgia, praised Clinton's temperament and experience.

"Her ability to work with other democratic leaders stands in stark contrast to Donald Trump's continued praise of authoritarian figures and support for dangerous and erratic policies," Davis said.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, also endorsed Clinton, saying "her decisiveness, pragmatism and calm demeanor stand in absolute contrast to Trump."

Some in the business community have backed Trump including billionaires like investor Carl Icahn, Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone and distressed asset investor Wilbur Ross.

A spokeswoman for the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

Here is the full list of leaders endorsing Clinton:

  • Miki Agrawal, co-founder and CEO of Thinx
  • Dan Akerson, former chairman and CEO of General Motors
  • Richard Anderson, executive chairman, Delta Air Lines
  • Stewart Bainum Jr., chairman of Choice Hotels International
  • James Bell, former interim CEO of Boeing; former corporate president and CFO of Boeing
  • Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce
  • Nathan Blecharczyk, co-founder and CTO of Airbnb
  • Jeff Brotman, co-founder and chairman of Costco Wholesale
  • Warren E. Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
  • Robert Burt, retired chairman and CEO of FMC; former chairman Business Roundtable
  • Ron Busby, president and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers
  • Brook Byers, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Peter Chernin, CEO, The Chernin Group
  • Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb
  • Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president, AT&T Services
  • David Crane, former CEO of NRG Energy
  • Erroll Davis, retired chancellor, University System of Georgia
  • Barry Diller, chairman and senior executive of IAC and Expedia
  • John Doerr, partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
  • Margot Dorfman, CEO of the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
  • Candy Ergen, co-founder, DISH Network
  • Joe Gebbia, co-founder and CPO of Airbnb
  • Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix
  • Reid Hoffman, partner at Greylock
  • Drew Houston, founder and CEO of Dropbox
  • George Hume, president and CEO of Basic American Foods
  • Irwin Jacobs, founding chairman and CEO emeritus of Qualcomm
  • Paul Jacobs, executive chairman, Qualcomm
  • Leila Janah, founder and CEO of Sama and Laxmi
  • Earvin "Magic" Johnson, chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises
  • Robert Johnson, chairman, The RLJ Cos. and founder of Black Entertainment Television
  • Andrea Jung, CEO of Grameen America, and former CEO of Avon
  • Lynn Jurich, co-founder and CEO of Sunrun
  • David Karp, founder and CEO of Tumblr
  • Ellen Kullman, former chair and CEO of DuPont
  • Debra Lee, chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television
  • Ted Leonsis, founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box
  • Peter Lowy, co-CEO of Westfield
  • Monica Lozano, former chairman and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Media
  • Rob Marcus, former chairman and CEO Time Warner Cable
  • William L. McComb, CEO (retired) of Liz Claiborne and Fifth & Pacific Cos.
  • Rebecca Minkoff, founder of Rebecca Minkoff
  • Hamid R. Moghadam, chairman and CEO of Prologis
  • James J. Murren, chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International and chairman, MGM Growth Properties
  • Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor
  • Mark Pincus, co-founder of Zynga
  • Laura M. Ricketts, co-owner, Chicago Cubs
  • Gary Rodkin, CEO (retired) of ConAgra Foods
  • Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook
  • Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet
  • Jim Sinegal, co-founder, director and former CEO of Costco
  • Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and CEO, Yelp
  • Walter Ulloa, chairman and CEO, Entravision Communications
  • Wendell P. Weeks, chairman of the board, CEO and president, Corning
  • Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO, 23andMe