Billionaire Peter Thiel spoke on Donald Trump’s behalf at the Republican National Convention.
But no one could have guessed what happened next.
The Obama administration is suing Thiel’s company, and many think it’s payback for supporting the GOP nominee.
The Obama administration has been known to unleash the power of government force upon its political opponents.
When the Tea Party burst on the scene in 2010, Obama’s IRS targeted Tea Party groups for political harassment to silence them as a political force.
Now the same fact pattern may be playing out with Thiel’s company Palantir.
Palantir is a Silicon Valley “Big Data” firm whose original clients were the U.S. Intelligence Community.
The Obama administration used the software to track fraud in the stimulus package and the army employs it to track IEDs in terrorist training camps.
And now they are the target of a racial discrimination suit brought forward by the Obama administration because of alleged discrimination against Asians.
Thiel – the co-founder of PayPal and a conservative activist who has supported Ron and Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, in addition to Trump – appears to be the true target of the suit.
Writing in National Review, Kevin Williamson states:
“Palantir says that the government is engaged in “flawed statistical analysis.” It seems more likely that the Obama administration is engaged in straightforward political retribution and intimidation: Peter Thiel is an increasingly vocal Republican activist who spoke on Donald Trump’s behalf at this year’s Republican National Convention. (In the interest of disclosure, I should note that he is a contributor, both editorially and financially, to National Review.) Democrats prefer being opposed, if they must be opposed at all, by southern biblioplangists who lend themselves to caricature; cerebral California technology billionaires, on the other hand, are the kind of opposition they could do without, hence the desire to make examples of those who step out of line. Given the current administration’s long, nasty, and criminal history of using agencies of the federal government to go after political enemies, that seems a perfectly reasonable explanation.”
The consequences of the lawsuit for Palantir are severe.
If the government wins, the financial penalty could be so severe that it could close the company’s doors for good.
Breitbart reports on the cost to the company and the flimsy rationale behind the Obama administration’s lawsuit:
The lawsuit, filed and announced Monday by the Department of Labor, threatens the complete cancellation of every contract Palantir has with the federal government — a penalty worth $340 million, the lawsuit claims, which would end the company.
The claims in the lawsuit are laughable. The Obama administration alleges that Palantir discriminated against Asians. But it has to admit that Palantir, in fact, hired many Asians — 11 out of 25 software engineers, for example. The government does not even bother to claim that Palantir deliberately excluded Asians. Rather, it argues that since only 44% of Palantir’s software engineers are Asian, but 85% of the applicant pool was Asian, Palantir must, statistically, have discriminated against Asians.
In other words: almost all of the software engineers at Palantir have to be Asian, or else it is guilty of “racial discrimination.” Apparently left-wing concern for “diversity” in the workplace is a flexible concept, based on political expediency.
In the Obama years, the left has made a practice of criminalizing conservative politics.
A local District Attorney indicted Rick Perry in 2014 after he threatened to veto legislation funding the public corruption unit she headed after she refused to resign following her arrest for drunk driving and threatening the arresting officers.
All of the sham charges against Perry were dismissed.
In Wisconsin, a prosecution investigation into Scott Walker’s office was closed with no charges. The case stemmed from when he was a Milwaukee County executive, but many believed it was kept open to hurt Walker’s chances in the 2010 midterms, as well as his 2012 recall effort.
Is Peter Thiel another conservative against whom liberals are using the court system to extract political payback?
Let us know what you think in the comment section.