Saturday, 12 September 2020

Peter Thiel 'cozied up to the alt-right as he threw his support behind Trump in 2016, even hosting dinner for provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos at his Hollywood home'

Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel hosted a dinner for Milo Yiannopoulos during Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign. 
Newly uncovered emails seen by BuzzFeed News show white nationalists were wined and dined by Thiel in summer 2016. 
Thiel enjoyed the June 2016 dinner he had with former Breitbart News editor Yiannopoulos, according to an email he sent the day after he hosted him at his Hollywood Hills home, Buzzfeed News reports. 
Thiel invited Yiannopoulos over after turning down the chance to appear on the provocateur's podcast in May of that year at a night dubbed 'Right Wing Dinner Squad, III'.
DeAnna, an influential white nationalist who writes for VDare, was also hosted by him in July 2016.   
Peter Thiel's relationship with members of the alt-right gave them hope for utilizing his tightness with Donald Trump in 2016
Peter Thiel's relationship with members of the alt-right gave them hope for utilizing his tightness with Donald Trump in 2016
The billionaire venture capitalist sent an email sharing that he enjoyed his 2016 dinner with Milo Yiannopoulos (pictured)
The billionaire venture capitalist sent an email sharing that he enjoyed his 2016 dinner with Milo Yiannopoulos (pictured)

Peter Brimelow, founder of white supremacist website VDare, emailed writer DeAnna on July 2 to chastise him for freelancing at other outlets.
In the email he asserted that 'Hispanics do specialize in rape, particularly of children,' but he also wanted to know: 'Why hadn't his writer kept him updated on an upcoming meeting with Thiel?'
'I am fed up with being surprised about e.g. this meeting with the Right Stuff, Ann Coulter, Thiel etc.,' Brimelow said. 'You are being paid in part to keep me abreast of Alt Right developments and you're not doing it.'  
'He's fully enlightened, just plays it very carefully,' Curtis Yarvin, known as far-right blogger Mencius Moldbug (pitured), said about Thiel in an email to Yiannopoulos in 2016.
'He's fully enlightened, just plays it very carefully,' Curtis Yarvin, known as far-right blogger Mencius Moldbug (pitured), said about Thiel in an email to Yiannopoulos in 2016.
Peter Thiel's seemingly tight relationship with the alt-right gave them hope for his influence on Trump, following his steep financial contribution to his 2016 campaign.
Peter Thiel's seemingly tight relationship with the alt-right gave them hope for his influence on Trump, following his steep financial contribution to his 2016 campaign.
DeAnna responded the following day: 'Not sure why I'm getting in trouble for the Thiel thing.' He would add that he only told Brimelow's wife of specific information.   
On July 29, 2016, Thiel hosted DeAnna at a dinner party. The day after he emailed him dubbing the event the 'Right Wing Dinner Squad, III'. 
'Kevin -really enjoyed meeting you last night,' Thiel wrote. 
'I may be in DC towards the end of September, and let me know [if you] make it to SF anytime!' 
The venture capitalist's seemingly tight relationship with the alt-right gave them hope for his influence on Trump, following his $1.25million contribution to his 2016 campaign. 
'He's fully enlightened, just plays it very carefully,' Curtis Yarvin, known as far-right blogger Mencius Moldbug, said about Thiel in an email to Yiannopoulous in late 2016. 
However according to sources familiar with the matter, Thiel, whose net worth is valued by Forbes at $2.3billion, has distanced himself from Trump during the president's reelection campaign. 
Thiel, who made his fortune as co-founder of PayPal and was one of Facebook’s earliest investors, has been ‘s***-talking’ the president over what he views as his botched management of the coronavirus crisis, sources close to the billionaire venture capitalist have told The Daily Beast. 
The billionaire has made no media appearances for the president - unlike his appearance at the 2016 Republican National Convention, nor penned any opinion pieces in favor of Trump. He has also not made any donations to Trump's reelection bid. 
Thiel’s data-mining venture, Palantir, has benefited from billions of dollars in government contracts. 
In March, Palantir won an $80million contract to build a logistics management system for the US Navy’s warships and aircraft, according to The Washington Post.
In February, Palantir won an $823million contract to provide software to the Pentagon.

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