Thiel to speak at the Republican convention

Thiel to speak at the Republican convention
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Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel will speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week.

Thiel, a venture capitalist who was among the earliest investors in Facebook and a founder of PayPal, was among the many speakers announced by convention planners on Thursday. Other speakers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: US Park Police say 'tear gas' statements were 'mistake' | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump juggles three crises ahead of November election Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE and House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTwitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE.


Thiel’s support for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE puts him at odds with most of the tech sector. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, for example, took a seeming shot at Trump’s hard-line immigration position earlier this year.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden: Probably '10 to 15 percent' of Americans 'are just not very good people' Mattis's Trump broadside underscores military tensions Mark Cuban says he's decided not to run for president MORE has rolled out a technology agenda and obtained the formal endorsement of a range of major figures in the industry, like Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google parent company Alphabet.

Trump is not seen as friendly to the tech sector, despite broader efforts by Republicans to court Silicon Valley.

He has repeatedly attacked tech giants like Apple and Amazon, once suggested shutting down the internet in parts of the world where the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria operates and has indicated he does not particularly care about making technology a part of his campaign apparatus.

None of Trump’s actions have stopped Thiel from associating himself with the campaign. Thiel is a longtime conservative member of the tech elite, having founded Stanford’s right-leaning student news outlet and later donated millions to conservative candidate.

He is also the financial backer of a suit filed by the wrestler Terry Bollea, better known by his stage name Hulk Hogan, against Gawker Media.

His support for Trump, combined with his involvement in the Gawker suit, has also put pressure on companies he is involved with to comment on his politics. Facebook declined to comment on his appearance the Republican convention.