Tech billionaire Peter Thiel is facing backlash over his decision to donate $1.25 million to Donald Trump.
Thiel announced he was forking over the hefty sum to the Republican candidate last week, which almost immediately led to people calling for a boycott of PayPal – which he co-founded.
Other powerful figures within Silicon Valley also took a stand against Thiel’s decision, with Ellen Pao cutting ties with Y Combinator – an organization where the billionaire is a ‘part-time partner’. Pao, who has been a strong advocate for diversity in the tech industry and was an executive with Reddit, said her group, Project Include, would no longer be associated with the start-up accelerator.
The politically correct are now so powerful and unscrupulous as to threaten the income of anyone who disagrees with them. Ellen Pao justified her action thus:
‘But we are completely outraged to read about Thiel donating $1.25 million to Trump … While all of us believe in the ideas of free speech and open platforms, we draw a line here. We agree that people shouldn’t be fired for their political views, but this isn’t a disagreement on tax policy, this is advocating hatred and violence.
So they agree with free speech, except anything defined as “hate speech.” Convenient, eh? Who gets to define hate speech?