On the final night of the Republican National Convention hosted in Cleveland, Ohio, The crowd gave standing ovations for the LGBT community. There was a warm embrace of Peter Thiel, a key speaker and the first openly gay Silicon Valley billionaire at a convention. A venture capitalist that had a hand in the creation of services like Facebook, Yelp, and Paypal, Thiel believes supporting innovation and change in government and business is essential if the U.S. is to compete in the world again.
A Libertarian-leaning speaker, he supports the Donald Trump nomination as a necessary break with the Obama-Clinton status quo and the inefficient government bureaucracy they advanced. “We don’t accept such in competence in Silicon Valley and we must not accept it from our government.”
Thiel opposes the culture wars and Middle East wars he believes are distracting the country from the real problems America faces at home. “..instead of going to Mars we have invaded the Middle East...”Donald Trump is right it’s time it’s time to end the era of stupid Wars and rebuild our country.”
The second and even larger standing ovation came, not unexpectedly, for the candidate himself. Donald Trump purposefully included outreach to the LGBT community. He lamented the attack on the LGBT by a radical foreign ideology of hatred that is promoted by ISIS and was on display last month when 49 LGBT citizens were killed at an Orlando nightclub. The country was horrified at what took place, and since then, a new humanity in the Republican Party has been embraced, with Trump leading the way. Not all Republicans may support marriage equality, but the critics solutions for social and political disputes are not death to Gays, as it is for ISIS.
Donald Trump made special mention of this attack, and vowed to destroy ISIS and destroy it quickly, because our minority communities like Gays cannot be under assault by ISIS-inspired attacks. Not here in America, at least. The Crowd went wild. A Republican crowd cheered for Gays, in one standing ovation after another. It was a beautiful thing to see.
I have to say, as a Republican, it is so nice to hear you cheering for what I just said. Thank you.