Khanna donor and Trump supporter Peter Thiel to address GOP Convention

Ro Khanna has received a total of $7,800 in
contributions from Peter Thiel, right, who is
speaking Thursday on behalf of Donald Trump.

Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal and funding behind the legal case that lead to the bankruptcy of media company Gawker, is speaking on behalf of Donald Trump Thursday at the Republican National Convention.

Thiel is also a prominent donor to Democratic congressional candidate Ro Khanna in the 17th District.

In addition to being a Trump delegate to the convention, Thiel has given $7,800 to Khanna’s campaign. It’s a fact his opponent, Rep. Mike Honda slammed this week.

“With the rhetoric of hate and division being used so carelessly by the presumptive Republican nominee it is shameful of our opponent, who claims to be a ‘progressive,’ to associate himself so closely with those who are propping up such an intolerant, offensive, and vitriolic candidate,” said Honda.

 “It is our moral obligation to take a stand against Mr. Trump and those who back his racist and misogynist campaign. A Trump Presidency would tear down the middle class, divide our country, and undo decades of progress. It is hypocritical of Ro to say he’ll stand up for working families and women and then take money from those helping to get Donald Trump elected.”

In the past, Khanna has vigorously fought to shed criticism that he’s a benefactor of Republican campaign contributions or somehow “Republican-lite.” The high-profile speech Thursday night, occurring prior to Trump’s much-anticipated appearance, could allow that moniker to take hold.

“I am proud of my broad range of support from tech leaders,” said Khanna. “This includes tech leaders who support Bernie Sanders and share my vision of strengthening social security and having a $15 minimum wage. It includes visionaries like Sheryl Sandberg who support Hillary Clinton and like my platform of equal pay for equal work. It includes literally hundreds of innovators who helped build Silicon Valley such as Reid Hoffman, Sean Parker, and yes Peter Thiel.”

Khanna also said Honda’s support among Silicon Valley tech leaders is deficient. “His campaign of desperation is resorting only to negative attacks,” he added.

Not only is Thiel vastly unpopular to progressives, his reported secret bankrolling of Hulk Hogan’s defamation lawsuit against Gawker Media, has made him a target of media watchers who believe his actions constitute an avenue for the rich to crush dissenting views. A judge later found in favor Hogan and Gawker was forced into bankruptcy.

Thiel’s ire toward Gawker, in part, stems from the website previously outing him as gay. A report Wednesday says Thiel will announce he is gay during his remarks at the Republican convention.

Categories: CA17, congress, contributions, Gawker, Mike Honda, Peter Thiel, progressives, Republican National Convention

7 replies

  1. Um, didn't Peter Thiel also recently give Gavin Newsom big contributions. Is Honda attacking Gavin? Of course not….hypocrite.

    I'm honestly at a loss for this “guilt by association” attacks by the Honda campaign. Khanna's positions are on his website. His positions are his not his donors who represent the entire political spectrum. If they weren't, then the same exact attacks could be levied against the Honda campaign who have their own set of “right wing republican millionaires and billionaires”.

    I've always found this whole argument completely bankrupt of integrity and logic. Then again, why am I not surprised to see Honda resort to this line of attack. He's got nothing left in his arsenal. He's about to lose his seat….and lose BIG.

    It'll be fun to watch Honda squirm and reach for any “hail mary” opportunity over the next 4 months.


  2. This is a silly argument.

    Like, without Peter Theil Facebook probably doesn't exist. Is Honda going to get off Facebook?


  3. By MW:

    The fourth and fifth paragraphs of this article contain some extremely “interesting” quotes by Mike Honda, and who himself is a very high ranking member of the leadership of the Democratic Party, in other words that sleazy organized ring of phonies, big windbags, parasites, demagogues, charlatans, professional pathological lairs, and spreaders of hate and falsehoods, but who pretend to be great liberals and wonderful humanitarians.

    However in “honor” of Mike Honda, Barbara Boxer, the Clintons, John Edwards, Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi, and all of the rest of the scam artists who pretend to be great liberals and wonderful humanitarians, I hereby propose that we make it illegal to: one, be a Republican or an independent, or even to be a member of any political party other than the Democratic Party; two, give any support in any way whatsoever, and verbal or financial or by any other method, to those who do not strongly support the DP and its phonies and demagogues; and three, we add “improvements” to the First Amendment further emphasizing that in the future it will be illegal to state anything that is contrary to the politically correct lies, garbage, and nonsense of the phonies who pretend to be liberals.


  4. By MW:

    As a followup to my previous post, Donald Trump's campaign for the Presidency has certain groups, and including the leadership of the Democratic Party and the phonies who pretend to be liberals, extremely scared. And that is because the election this coming November might very well turn out to be much more than merely which person we are hiring to run the country for the next four years, but instead quite likely about a complete new direction for the entire nation.

    For example the phonies, scam artists, snake oil salesmen, and bloodsucking leeches that have had a huge, AND INCREASING, role in the leadership of the DP for decades now, in fact going back to at least the 1920's, have made fortunes by pretending to: one, be saviors, great liberals, and wonderful humanitarians; and two, having a deep interest in aiding and protecting minorities and the disenfranchised.

    They have made themselves, and also their co-conspirators, and such as certain lawyers, “consultants” and “experts,” extremely wealthy by doing their “studies” and “investigations,” peddling their lies, garbage, and nonsense, and selling their schemes, scams, and “improvements.”

    And those politically correct parasites are afraid that a Trump Presidency might destroy, or at least considerably weaken and interfere with, their extremely profitable gravy train.

    And if Donald Trump wants to be, he can be extremely efficient. For instance if Donald Trump had been put in charge of supervising the building of the Bay Bridge, and which was supposed to cost only about 800M to build, but has already cost about seven billion, in other words approx nine times the original estimate, AND IT STILL IS NOT DONE YET, it most likely would have been completed for, OR PERHAPS EVEN UNDER, the original estimate, and in two years or less, and quite likely even in under one year, and rather than taking over twenty years to build.

    So for a lot of reasons a lot of deeply entrenched and very well established parasites, scam artists, and bloodsucking leeches, but who pretend to be great liberals and wonderful humanitarians, are extremely scared of what might happen to their extremely profitable scams and schemes if Donald Trump is in charge.


  5. By MW:

    The newest and latest e-mail scandal related to Hillary, and this latest scandal having caused Debbie Wasserman Schultz to step down, further “proves,” or at least based on the “standards” of Mike Honda, that: one, we can trust the big boys who run the Democratic Party; and two, anybody who does not strongly support the DP or even mildly supports the Republican Party, and even just once in awhile, is extremely evil and/or extremely stupid.

    So therefore I propose that we make it illegal to be a Republican – and even to, and even on only on the rarest of occasions, to ever even support the Republican Party in even the mildest ways, since all “intelligent” people definitely “know” that the DP party is “wonderful” and the Republican Party is “horrible.”


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