Why You Don't Want To Miss Peter Thiel's Speech Tonight

Posted: Jul 21 2016, 7:32pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Political News


Why You Don't Want to Miss Peter Thiel's Speech Tonight
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When you think about the Silicon Valley tech industry, you probably don't picture a lot of people who are going to vote for Donald J. Trump, the official Republican nominee for president. This really isn't because Silicon Valley is all that liberal either, though that is part of it. Instead, Marry Meeker, Meg Whitman, and others are actually prized members of the Republican party. Sean Parker, Elon Musk, and Marc Andreessen have also supported Republican nominees in the past.

Still, Donald Trump isn't the type to make many friends, and the tech industry has voiced contempt for the man. In fact, it has been revealed that less than ten people in Silicon Valley have donated to Trump's campaign, and Peter Thiel, the billionaire PayPal co-founder isn't even one of them.

Yet he's speaking at the Republican National Convention.

Theil pledged to back Trump back in May as a California delegate and he will now take the stage at the Quicken Loans Arena to make history. The two differ on key policy issues, they both seem to share the belief that their money allows them to stand up against a powerful establishment.

According to several reports, he is expected to come out as openly, proudly gay, which will be a strange thing at a Republican convention, since Republicans stand against freedoms for the LGBT community. He will make a case against Hillary Clinton, a woman who has fought for his right, because of her expansionist military policy, according to BuzzFeed.

Thiel will be the first openly gay man to speak at the RNC since Representative Jim Kolbe of Arizona spoke in 2000, though he didn't mention his sexuality.

The live coverage of the convention starts at 8PM/5PT, and Thiel's speech is a little later into the coverage.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/46" rel="author">Noel Diem</a>
Noel passion is to write about geek culture.




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