CLEVELAND — Peter Thiel received a big applause Thursday night at the Republican National Convention after saying something not many would expect in such a venue.
"I am proud to be gay," said Thiel, one of the earliest investors in Facebook."I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all I am proud to be an American."
The venture capitalist also touched on the debate over which bathrooms transgender people can use, saying "this is a distraction from our real problems."
Thiel also said the U.S. government's staggeringly outdated technology has more than just weakened it.
"Today, our government is broken. Our nuclear bases still use floppy disks. Our newest fighter jets can't even fly in the rain. And it would be kind to say the government's software works poorly, because much of the time it doesn't even work at all," he said.
"We don't accept such incompetence in Silicon Valley, and we must not accept it from our government."
Thiel also continued one of the week's most common themes, which is attack presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.