High-tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel says he’s proud to be gay and proud to be a Republican — but most of all, proud to be an American. The declaration won Thiel loud cheers at the Republican convention.
The PayPal co-founder is the first person to give a GOP convention speech and acknowledge being gay.
Thiel said the culture wars are distracting Americans from important economic issues and debates over transgender people and bathrooms are “a distraction from our real problems.”
Chiding delegates from the stage, Thiel told them, “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. Who cares? Of course, every American has a unique identity.”
Read a full transcript of Thiel’s speech on the next page.