Prizm News / April 2, 2018 / By D’Anne Witkowski

The PayPal founder and Trump supporter can afford to rail against ‘political correctness.’  

 

Commentary by D’Anne Witkowski

Peter Thiel

There was a serial bomber at large in Austin, Tex. Two people were killed and three injured in four separate bombing incidents. The targets of the bombs were black and brown people.

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Once upon a time this would have been front page news across the country. But the Trump presidency has been such a horror show that the second coming of Ted Kaczynski was treated like an aside outside of Texas.

And that’s why I dislike investor and PayPal founder Peter Thiel.

To be clear, I’m not blaming the bombings on him.

But the fact that Thiel not only backed Trump in the 2016 election but is still backing him over a year into this disaster of a presidency shows that Thiel lacks a certain something. Meaning integrity or morality or compassion for people who aren’t billionaires and are actually suffering under Trump’s hateful and petty administration.

I know it’s not cool to make generalities, but rich people are the worst. I know, I know. There are nice rich people out there (probably). But if the Trump era (and may it be the shortest era known to mankind) has highlighted anything, it’s that the more money you have the more you can get away with. Trump and his family are the perfect example of how money can’t buy class or character.

But it can buy a presidency apparently.

But back to Thiel. Thiel, a gay man, backs a president who has done everything he can to roll back advances in LGBTQ rights, because Thiel can afford to. Literally.

It reminds me of a certain powerful lesbian named Mary Cheney during a time when her dad was vice president in an administration that was openly hostile to LGBTQ people. So lucky for her that she was insulated from all of that through power and wealth.

During a recent interview with Maria Bartiromo of Fox News, Thiel said, ”Our greatest political problem is the problem of political correctness.”

Said the white rich guy who sued Gawker media out of existence for daring to publish that he is gay. I’m not saying that outing people is great, but it appears that Thiel’s sexual orientation was not a secret. And that his fire and fury lawsuit was literally inspired by speech he did not like kinda makes his whole “political correctness” stance look like B.S.

Lambasting “political correctness” is the go-to for sexists and racists and homophobes alike when complaining that “you can’t even tell a gal she has nice tits anymore,” or “it’s reverse racism that only black people are allowed to use the N-word” or “can you believe my kid got detention for calling someone a fag?”

What Thiel really means is that there is too much liberal politics in Silicon Valley. Such liberal political dominance, says Thiel, has made it a very “totalitarian place” that isn’t open to opposing ideas.

Ideas like, “The giant baby-man from the ‘you’re fired’ show on TV who rage-Tweets at the FBI all day instead of reading national security briefings and who has made the White House into a veritable ‘Keeping Up With the Trumpashians’ is a great president. All hail our great leader.”

And considering how Trump has been everything that those who voted against him feared he would be, and worse, I’d say anywhere that’s rejecting him is at least doing that one thing right.

In other news, Thiel says that Bitcoin is going to be the next big thing. Be sure to stock up so you have enough money to compensate for the civil rights you stand to lose under Trump.

D’Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and comedian living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski. Creep of the Week is distributed by Q Syndicate.

Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.