Sep 9, 2016 ยท 1 minute

Last night, Facebook founder turned philanthropist Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna announced they would spend $20m helping Democrats in the 2016 election.

Like many Democratic voters, we don’t support every plank of the platform, but it is clear that if Secretary Clinton wins the election, America will advance much further toward the world we hope to see. If Donald Trump wins, the country will fall backward, and become more isolated from the global community. This distinction is starkly caricatured by his #1 “policy” position: the literal building of a wall between us and our neighbor.

The pledge is remarkable for two main reasons.

1) Twenty million dollars!

2) Muskovitz made most of his money from Facebook, which made most of its money thanks to the early investment of Peter Thiel.

Thiel, of course, is Donald Trump’s most high profile Silicon Valley supporter (disclosure: He is also a Pando investor and an asshole.) Earlier this week, Thiel wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in which her reaffirmed his support for Trump on the basis that he was the best candidate to reduce government waste and is “exactly what we need to move the party — and the country — in a new direction.”

Yes, serial bankrupt Donald Trump. That guy.   

It’s hard to imagine a bigger fuck you to Thiel than for a guy he made rich to pledge a large chunk of that wealth to defeating his preferred presidential candidate.

(If you’re keeping track, Moskovitz and Tuna’s announcement follows anti-Trump statements from fellow PayPal mafiosos Max Levchin and Keith Rabois. Former Thiel colleagues supporting Trump include… absolutely no one at all.)

To understand what drives Moskowitz and his philosophy on philanthropy, here’s Sarah’s full-length Pando interview with him from back in 2012...