New Report Claims Trump Would Nominate PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel To Supreme Court

A new report by The Huffington Post claims Republican nominee Donald Trump might nominate PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel to the Supreme Court if elected president in November.

Two separate sources reportedly said Trump “loves” Thiel and has talked within his inner circle about nominating the Silicon Valley venture capitalist to serve as a justice.

They also cautioned, however, that it could just be idle chatter, and they acknowledged never having spoken to Trump about the issue directly.

Both sources said that nothing is set in stone and all they know for sure is that Thiel has told people Trump would nominate him if elected and Trump’s team has discussed the possibility.

Trump’s press secretary, Hope Hicks, issued a strong denial of the report. “There is absolutely no truth to this whatsoever,” she said.

Thiel’s camp has denied it as well.

“Peter hasn’t had any conversations about a Supreme Court nomination and has no interest in the job,” said Jeremiah Hall, a spokesman for the PayPal Co-Founder.

Thiel, a billionaire venture capitalist, is known not only for PayPal but also for co-founding the CIA-backed data-mining firm Palantir and being an early investor in and current board member of Facebook.

He is also openly gay, which is why some were surprised when he spoke on Trump’s behalf at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland back in July, given that the GOP platform is against the legal recognition of gay marriage.

In explaining his decision at the time, Thiel said during his speech, “When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union. And we won,” he said.

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He added, “Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems,” before exasperatingly shouting, “Who cares?”

Thiel went on to say that he was proud to be a gay Republican American and urged people to stop paying attention to “fake culture wars” and focus instead on “our economic decline.”

The tech billionaire said “nobody in this race” was being honest about our economic troubles except Trump, for whom he urged everybody to cast a vote in November so the real estate mogul could “lead us” to a “bright future.”

Despite being close with Trump, if Thiel were nominated to the Supreme Court, it would be widely considered an unorthodox move.

Many years ago, Thiel applied for clerkships with Justices Anthony Kennedy and Antonin Scalia and was selected by neither. In his 2014 book, Zero to One, the tech billionaire explained that the rejection devastated him at the time, but it ended up steering him in the direction of venture capital, where he made his fortune.

Before ending up on that investor path, however, Thiel did attend Stanford Law School and worked briefly at a prestigious New York law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell.

While those are impressive credentials, they would seem to be somewhat lacking for a potential nominee to the nation’s highest court.

One of the main arguments Trump supporters have used to try to persuade conservatives who are hesitant to vote for the billionaire is that he would be far more likely to appoint conservative-leaning justices to the Supreme Court than his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton.

As an olive branch to said reluctant conservatives, Trump released a list of 11 judges in May that he would consider for Supreme Court. While Trump admitted at the time that the list was not concrete and only a representation of the types of justices he would select, it is worth noting that Thiel — who would be the first openly gay justice on the court — was not on the list.

Despite having much in common ideologically with conservatives and having donated millions to many causes they hold dear, it is possible that if it were to ever happen, the nomination of Thiel — who leans Libertarian and supports gay marriage — could be met with resistance from the Republican base.

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