One of the more unexpected names on the Republican National Convention speaker roster was that of Peter Thiel — venture capitalist, entrepreneur openly gay man. The co-founder of PayPal and first outside investor and director at Facebook is one of the most influential names in Silicon Valley — and one of the few who dares to be openly not a liberal in one of the most liberal areas of the world.
Speaking in Cleveland tonight, Thiel rocked the house, speaking out against broken government and government incompetence — including that from everyone’s favorite former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) July 22, 2016
He and fake culture wars that prevent and distract our nation from greatness. About the current bathroom controversy distraction, “Who cares?”
#RNCinCLEPeter Thiel: “Fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline.”
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) July 22, 2016
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 22, 2016
While his previous comments were all warmly and enthusiastically received, it was his proclamation of pride that got the convention hall to its feet, earning Thiel a standing ovation.
“I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American.” – Peter Thiel https://t.co/e0UzsiWCsA
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) July 22, 2016
“Most of all, I am proud to be an American. YES! Those 7 words. We may all have various identities and affiliations — gay, straight; Republican, Democrat; black, white, etc — but can’t we all unite around our pride as Americans first and foremost? And come together to solve the real issues our nation faces and make our nation great again?