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Peter Thiel Becomes a Trump Delegate

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Peter Thiel

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One of our hair­craft is miss­ing . . .

COMMENT: Guess which Sil­i­con Val­ley bil­lion­aire just end­ed up on the list released by California’s sec­re­tary of state of the Trump campaign’s list of select­ed GOP con­ven­tion del­e­gates. Hint:  He real­ly, real­ly likes Ted Cruz [8].  And called Trump “symp­to­matic of every­thing that is wrong with New York City,” back in 2014 [9].  But is appar­ently total­ly fine with Trump now [10].

“. . . . Peter Thiel, the bil­lion­aire Pay­Pal co-founder, hedge-fund man­ager, and L.G.B.T.-rights advo­cate, is list­ed on the Cal­i­for­nia bal­lot as a del­e­gate for Trump at the upcom­ing Repub­li­can con­ven­tion, accord­ing to a list of del­e­gates [11] sub­mit­ted to California’s sec­re­tary of state by the front-runner’s cam­paign. He is list­ed as one of three rep­re­sen­ta­tives from California’s 12th con­gres­sional dis­trict. State elec­tion law dic­tates [12] that del­e­gates are select­ed by the can­di­dates them­selves, not the par­ty, and the Trump cam­paign has been vet­ting poten­tial del­e­gates for sev­eral weeks. . . . ”

Yes, the guy who once penned a piece for Cato Unbound explain­ing why democ­racy and cap­i­tal­ism are incom­pat­i­ble now that women can vote [13] is now a Trump del­e­gate.

Recall that Thiel [14] is the prin­ci­pal stock­hold­er in both Face­book and Palan­tir (which, their dis­claimers to the con­trary notwith­stand­ing, makes the PRISM soft­ware at the core of Snow­den’s “rev­e­la­tions”)

He also fund­ed [15] most of Ron Paul’s 2012 Pres­i­den­tial super PAC.

“Which Bil­lion­aire Sil­i­con Val­ley V.C. Is a Don­ald Trump Del­e­gate?” by Tina Nguyen; Van­ity Fair; 5/10/2016. [10]

The Face­book board mem­ber is break­ing ranks with the tech world by pub­licly back­ing the pre­sump­tive G.O.P. nom­i­nee.

Most of Sil­i­con Valley’s Repub­li­can elite may hate Don­ald Trump [16], but at least one major tech-indus­try ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist is throw­ing his sup­port behind the G.O.P.’s pre­sump­tive pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee.

Peter Thiel, the bil­lion­aire Pay­Pal co-founder, hedge-fund man­ager, and L.G.B.T.-rights advo­cate, is list­ed on the Cal­i­for­nia bal­lot as a del­e­gate for Trump at the upcom­ing Repub­li­can con­ven­tion, accord­ing to a list of del­e­gates [11]sub­mit­ted to California’s sec­re­tary of state by the front-runner’s cam­paign. He is list­ed as one of three rep­re­sen­ta­tives from California’s 12th con­gres­sional dis­trict. State elec­tion law dic­tates [12]that del­e­gates are select­ed by the can­di­dates them­selves, not the par­ty, and the Trump cam­paign has been vet­ting poten­tial del­e­gates for sev­eral weeks.

Thiel’s pol­i­tics are com­pli­cated. The Sil­i­con Val­ley power­bro­ker donat­ed heav­ily to both Ted Cruz and his lat­er run­ning mate, for­mer H.P. exec Car­ly Fio­r­ina, despite both can­di­dates not sup­port­ing gay mar­riage. (Thiel’s name did not appear on a list of Cruz del­e­gates the Texas sen­a­tor sub­mit­ted before drop­ping out last week.) The out­spo­ken lib­er­tar­ian has also been a close ally and advis­er to Ken­tucky sen­a­tor and for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Rand Paul, and pre­vi­ously donat­ed mil­lions to his father, for­mer con­gress­man Ron Paul, who ran for pres­i­dent in 2012. Thiel may be more close­ly aligned with Trump on the social-issues front: Thiel, who is gay, is an ardent sup­porter of L.G.B.T. caus­es (Trump, while echo­ing some social con­ser­v­a­tive rhetoric, recent­ly opposed North Carolina’s anti-trans­gen­der “bath­room bill,” say­ing some­one like Cait­lyn Jen­ner could use what­ever restroom she saw fit). More impor­tantly, how­ever, he is an avowed anti-elit­ist, despite his per­sonal wealth, telling the New York­er in 2011 [17]that the world­view of America’s elites was “skewed in an opti­mistic direc­tion” due to luck and priv­i­lege. “[Their] sto­ry has been one of incred­i­ble, unre­lent­ing progress for 61 years,” he said at the time. “Most peo­ple who are 61 years old in the U.S.? Not their sto­ry at all.” Thiel is well-known for the fel­low­ship he set up in 2010 to encour­age entre­pre­neur­ial teenagers to drop out of col­lege to start their own com­pa­nies instead of pur­su­ing a tra­di­tional edu­ca­tion.

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