Peter Thiel, who ‘no longer believes that freedom and democracy are compatible,’ could be the next Supreme Court justice. Donald Trump reportedly wants the billionaire, who bankrolled Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker, to sit on the highest court in the country!
Peter, the 48-year-old co-founder of Paypal, has reportedly told friends that Donald, 70, will nominate him to the Supreme Court if the ex-Celebrity Apprentice star wins the presidency, a source tells Huffington Post. While Donald “deeply loves Peter,” it’s not clear when or if Donald has made this supposed job offer to the billionaire.
Peter’s camp has shot down this potential career change, as the venture capitalist isn’t planning to lobby for the vacant spot left by Antonin Scalia’s death. “Peter hasn’t had any conversations about a Supreme Court nomination,” Jeremiah Hall, spokesperson for Mr. Thiel, told HollywoodLife.com, “and [he] has no interest in the job.” Trump’s camp echoed this statement as Hope Hicks, his press secretary, told HuffPo that “there’s absolutely no truth to this whatsoever.”
Even if Donald defeats Hillary Clinton, 68, in the 2016 presidential election, Peter’s libertarian views could make him a controversial nominee for the Supreme Court. “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible,” Peter wrote in a 2009 essay. He said this incompatibility was due to women gaining the right to vote and because of poor people.
“The vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of ‘capitalist democracy’ into an oxymoron,” he wrote.
Peter also revealed that he was the one secretly funding Hulk Hogan’s, 63, lawsuit against Gakwer.com, over the publication of the Hulkster’s sex tape, per The New York Times. Gawker, who also published a 2007 post that allegedly outed Peter as gay, was “pioneer[ing] a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people,” according to Peter.
So he ponied up $10 million and helped Hulk sue Gawker into oblivion. The website declared bankruptcy after the jury awarded Hulk $140 million dollars in damages. Considering that Donald once said that he would “change the [libel] laws so the press has to be honest,” per Variety, maybe that’s why Trump reportedly loves his fellow billionaire?
Do you think that Peter would make a good addition to the Supreme Court, HollywoodLifers? Or are you glad that Mr. Thiel says he doesn’t have any interest in the job?