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Standing Ovation After Peter Thiel Says He’s Proud To Be Gay At Republican Convention

Reuters

Steve Guest Media Reporter

CLEVELAND — In a speech at the Republican National Convention, Peter Thiel, venture capitalist and co-founder of PayPal said Thursday, “I am proud to be gay, I am proud to be a Republican but most of all I am proud to be an American.”

Thiel said, “When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won… Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom.”

“This is a distraction from our real problems,” Thiel argued. “Who cares?”

“Of course, every American has a unique identity,” Thiel said. “I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But most of all I am proud to be an American.”

After pausing for a standing ovation, Thiel continued, “I don’t pretend to agree with every plank in our party’s platform. But fake culture wars only distract us from our economic decline. And nobody in this race is being honest about it except Donald Trump.”

“While it is fitting to talk about who we are, today it’s even more important to remember where we came from. For me that is Cleveland, and the bright future it promised,” Thiel said. “When Donald Trump asks us to Make America Great Again, he’s not suggesting a return to the past. He’s running to lead us back to that bright future.”

“Tonight I urge all of my fellow Americans to stand up and vote for Donald Trump.”

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