Thiel condemned Trump's remarks from eleven years ago to Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood," but added:
We’re voting for Trump because we judge the leadership of our country. This judgment has certainly been hard to accept for Silicon Valley, where many people have learned to keep quiet if they dissent from the coastal bubble.And Thiel said of Trump:
He points toward a new Republican Party beyond the dogmas of Reaganism. He points even beyond the remaking of one party to a new American politics that overcomes denial, rejects bubble thinking and reckons with reality. When the distracting spectacles of this election season are forgotten and the history of our time is written, the only important question will be whether or not that new politics came too late.Thiel's defense of Trump comes as the FBI announced it was re-opening its investigation of the criminal activity of Hillary Clinton as secretary of State. In June, FBI Director James Comey said he had enough evidence of crimes by Clinton to warrant a grand jury but could not show intent. Apparently, that has changed.
The Washington Post had a great description of Thiel's support of conservative Donald Trump:
To call Thiel an anomaly in liberal-leaning Silicon Valley would be an understatement. Tech executives there have voiced ardent support for and opened their wallets to Clinton, including names like Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt.In Washington, Thiel standing by Trump was illuminating as it was broadcast on the Internet and on television.
From USA Today:
Some in the tech world have called for Thiel to be dropped from the boards of the social network giant Facebook and California incubator Y Combinator over the donations. Thiel, who made his fortune co-founding PayPal, said the pushback has not affected his business dealings in “any meaningful way.”
But Thiel, who also spoke in support of Trump at July’s Republican National Convention, said he was surprised by the level of outrage. He specifically called out a leading LGBT magazine, The Advocate, for running an op-ed that questioned whether Thiel, a prominent gay conservative, could still be considered gay for backing Trump.
“The lie behind the buzzword of diversity could not be made more clear,” Thiel said Monday. “If you don’t conform, then you don’t count as diverse, no matter what your personal background.”
He said Trump gets the “big things” right, such as understanding that free trade “has not worked out well for all of America” and that voters have grown tired of 15 years of overseas conflicts.
During his appearance in Washington, Thiel also defended another controversial position: His decision to financially back wrestler Hulk Hogan’s successful lawsuit against the media site Gawker for publishing a tape of Hogan having sex. The lawsuit drove Gawker into bankruptcy.
Thiel said the lawsuit was not an attack on the First Amendment but sought to fight back against the most “egregious invasion of privacy imaginable.” He slammed Gawker as acting like a “sociopathic bully.”The use of the word "controversial" in a news story often means something the reporter disapproves of.
When it came to President Clinton's sexual harassment of Paula Jones and his perjury about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, the press 18 years ago took the position that sex is private and everybody lies about it.
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