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Netflix CEO criticized Peter Thiel for supporting Trump

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told venture capitalist and fellow Facebook board member Peter Thiel that his support for President Trump showed "bad judgment."

In an email from August 2016 that was obtained by the New York Times, Hastings called Thiel out for his support for then-candidate Trump on the campaign trail.

"I see our board being about great judgment, particularly in unlikely disaster where we have to pick new leaders," Hastings wrote. "I'm so mystified by your endorsement of Trump for our President, that for me it moves from 'different judgment' to 'bad judgment.' Some diversity in views is healthy, but catastrophically bad judgment (in my view) is not what anyone wants in a fellow board member."

Hastings, who chairs a committee that rates Facebook board members, told Thiel that his support for Trump would have a negative impact on his evaluation.

The email was sent on August 14, 2016, a month after Thiel spoke on behalf of Trump at the Republican National Convention.

The billionaire Paypal cofounder also contributed $1.25 million to political action committees supporting Trump's campaign.

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