Venture capitalist asked Trump or Clinton: 'Is that a serious question?'

Venture capitalist asked Trump or Clinton: 'Is that a serious question?'
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Major venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, who donated to 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, scoffed when asked at a tech conference why he is supporting Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 MORE, the presumptive Democratic nominee, over Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE

“Is that a serious question?” he asked on Monday, according to Recode


Andreessen, a Facebook board member, said he usually picks candidates based on their stance on immigration, trade, science and free markets. He said neither party is very good right now on science. 

“I think, clearly, one of the candidates is way better than the other, interestingly on all four, and so to me, it seems like it's a fairly obvious choice," he said. 

In an apparent shot at Trump's immigration policies, Andreessen said the idea of cutting off the flow on immigrants "makes me sick."

"The Valley wouldn't be here, we wouldn't be doing any of this if we didn't have the amazing flow of immigrants that we've had in the last 80 years," he said. 

Andreessen has taken to Twitter in the past to air his criticism of Trump. Many Silicon Valley Republicans are uneasy with Trump as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, though Andreessen's fellow Facebook board member, Peter Thiel, was selected to be a delegate for Trump at the Republican National Convention in July.  

Andreessen has donated thousands of dollars to politicians and outside groups over the past decade. But his largest donations came in 2011 and 2012, when he gave $100,000 to an outside group supporting Romney.