The sort of world we live in, even if Gaddafi suddenly came in front of you and said that he was a liberal, it wouldn’t be a surprise. Recently Peter Thiel was hounded and severely targeted for supporting Donald Trump. Now another victim is Andrew Torba. He has been expelled from Y Combinator, one of the biggest Silicon Valley start-up accelerator groups. He has been kicked out for his vocal support for Trump and taking on the widespread hypocrisy the so-called liberal supporters of Hillary Clinton have come to be known for.
Andrew Torba is more popularly known as the founder of gab.ai, a Twitter alternative for people who are a bit pissed for constantly being blocked by the social networking website simply for asking questions and exercising their freedom of expression.
Although he has been inviting derision in the tech world for his vocal support for the Right as well as Donald Trump, the last straw to break the camel’s back was this comment that he left in one of the Facebook chat groups:
“All of you: fuck off. Take your morally superior, elitist, virtue signaling bullshit and shove it.I call it like I see it, and I helped meme a President into office, cucks.”
YC Partner Kat Manalac on the other hand says that Andrew Torba hasn’t been kicked out for his support for Trump; he has been kicked out for his bad behaviour.
The main thing I want to get across here is: we believe that everyone is entitled to their political beliefs and they are welcome to support the political candidates of their choosing. Having an honest, rational dialogue between all parts of the political spectrum is going to be important for us as a country moving forward. But under no circumstances do we tolerate harassing or threatening other founders (or anyone for that matter). Regardless of what you believe, if you act in a hostile way that makes the community feel unsafe, you will be ejected from the YC community.
Here is the link to the full Facebook thread.