The tech zillionaire and the chess champion were always a bit of an odd couple, and I’ve felt for awhile that it was just as well that they never finished that book they were talking about.
But given that each of them has taken a second career in political activism, I can’t imagine that they’re close friends after this:
Kasparov, July 2015:
As for Trump, the less said the better. He said he could be Putin’s pal if elected, showing he has no clue about democracy or Putin — and probably not anything else. It’s worth pointing out that Trump and Bernie Sanders are both getting substantial attention from the media and voters despite having zero chance of winning a primary . . .
Kasparov, April 2016:
Trump sells the myth of American success instead of the real thing. . . . It’s tempting to rally behind him-but we should resist. Because the New York values Trump represents are the very worst kind. . . . He may have business experience, but unless the United States plans on going bankrupt, it’s experience we don’t need.
Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and Palantir and a director at Facebook, is now a Trump delegate in San Francisco, according to a Monday filing.
Kasparov I can understand. He hates Putin, Trump likes Putin, it’s that simple.
Thiel I can understand too. He hasn’t been in the news for awhile and probably misses the headlines. And, unlike his onetime coauthor, he can’t get publicity whenever he wants just by playing a blitz tournament.