Blake Masters

 
Peter Thiel, billionaire, backer of Republican candidates and close personal friend of Donald Trump, wishes to place yet another shill answerable only to himself in Congress. In April 2021, Masters appeared as a potential candidate for United States Senate in 2022, having received $10 million from Peter Thiel in the run-up to a potential bid to challenge incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly. Masters officially entered the race on July 12, 2021. Promoting himself as "an America first conservative", Masters announced a platform of opposition to H-1B visas and criticism of Big Tech monopolies. Masters supported the audit of the vote in Maricopa County. He called election integrity the "top issue" of his campaign, adding that while President Joe Biden was the congressionally certified president, "it's really hard to know" the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. A few months later, Masters stated he personally thought "Trump won in 2020" in a campaign ad and appeared at a fundraiser with the former president at Mar-a-Lago shortly afterward. Masters' campaign attracted attention from a campaign advertisement that he released stating that "You should be able to raise a family on one single income"

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Blake Masters - Wrong Side

What do you call a Nazi-loving, anti-American, tax-hiking Arizonan? Blake Masters.

 

 

Aug. 3, 2022

Blake Masters Is Peter Thiel’s Dream Candidate—And A Total Nightmare For Democracy
"The right-wing tech giant, who has said he believes freedom and democracy are incompatible, has poured millions into his protégé’s Senate campaign."
Jul. 18, 2022

The Strident Writings Of A Young Blake Masters Dog His Senate Run

The New York Times by Jonathan Weisman, July 6, 2022

 
Blake Masters, a Republican candidate for the Senate in Arizona who won the endorsement of former President Donald J. Trump, has been dogged by a trail of youthful writings in which he lamented the entry of the United States into the First and Second World Wars, approvingly quoted a Nazi war criminal and pushed an isolationism that extended beyond even Mr. Trump’s.
 
In the most recent examples, unearthed and provided to The New York Times by opponents of Mr. Masters, he took to the chat room of CrossFit, his workout of choice, as a Stanford undergraduate in 2007 to espouse views that might not sit well with the Republican electorate of 2022.
 
As he had in other forums, Mr. Masters wrote on the CrossFit chat room that he opposed American involvement in both world wars — although World War II, he conceded, “is harder to argue because of the hot button issue of the Holocaust (nevermind that our friend Stalin murdered over twice as many as Hitler … why do we gloss over that in schools?).”

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Also on the CrossFit chat room, Mr. Masters, then 20, argued that Iraq and Al Qaeda did not “constitute substantial threats to Americans.” ...
Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: U.S. Senate
Question 4: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” and “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 9: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Trump-Loving Arizona Senate Candidate Receives 'Forceful Endorsement' From Nazi Daily Stormer Founder
"Andrew Anglin, who publishes the hate site Daily Stormer, announced his endorsement of Masters in a blog post that also expressed support for Trump-endorsed Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance, another GOP candidate bankrolled by billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, reported Jewish Insider. “I cannot give a more forceful endorsement, and I demand that anyone in Arizona (who is not some kind of known neo-Nazi or whatever) get in contact with his campaign and see what kind of help he needs,” Anglin wrote in the June 9 entry. “This is exactly the kind of man this country needs." The 37-year-old Anglin, an outspoken admirer of Adolf Hitler and an early Trump supporter, has gone into hiding since helping to orchestrate the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia."
Jul. 1, 2022

Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/Getty/Alamy
 

Blake Masters’ Views On Gay Marriage May Surprise His Political Master Peter Thiel

Republican senatorial candidate Blake Masters enjoys the financial and political support of his longtime friend, mentor, and billionaire business partner Peter Thiel, who is gay. But Masters, who attended Thiel’s wedding, also apparently believes Thiel’s marriage should be illegal.

Jun. 27, 2022

A Trump-Backed Arizona Senate Candidate Suggests He Wants To Privatize Social Security
"We got to cut the knot at some point though because I'll tell you what, I'm not going to receive Social Security," GOP Senate primary candidate Blake Masters said at a primary debate hosted by the conservative group FreedomWorks"
Jun. 24, 2022
John Oliver Exposes ‘Racist’ Arizona Senate Candidate Blake Masters
The “Last Week Tonight” host aimed his ire at the Peter Thiel-backed GOP candidate for Senate in Arizona who’s blamed gun violence on “Black people” and admires the Unabomber.
Jun. 13, 2022
Audio Shows Trump-Endorsed Arizona Senate Candidate Questioned Whether January 6 Attack Was Set Up By FBI
"Blake Masters, the Republican Senate candidate from Arizona, met with conservative activists at a Phoenix IHOP this spring and was asked whether he would support investigating US intelligence operations to uncover the federal government's "nefarious activities." Masters replied, "Absolutely," and then floated the conspiracy theory that the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol actually may have been a false-flag operation set up by the FBI,"
Jun. 7, 2022
GOP Senate Candidate Blake Masters Roughs Up 73-Year-Old Dem. Protester In Green Valley
"out of nowhere comes Blake Masters, a U.S. Senate candidate who'd been glad-handing in the background. Masters lunged at Jackson, put both hands around his neck and pushed him backward."
Jun.7, 2022

Twitter, accessed Jun. 7, 2023

Trump-Endorsed Senate Candidate Blames Gun Violence On ‘Black People, Frankly’

Rolling Stone, Jun. 6, 2022

 
"Blake Masters, whom former President Donald Trump recently endorsed for Senate in Arizona, said during a podcast appearance earlier this year that “Black people, frankly” are responsible for America’s gun violence problem.
 
“We do have a gun violence problem in this country, and it’s gang violence,” Masters said on the “Jeff Oravits Show” on April 11, the Daily Beast reported on Sunday. “It’s people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly. And the Democrats don’t want to do anything about that.”
 
Masters — who has peddled the great replacement theory and falsely insisted that Trump won the 2020 election — went on to say that Democrats “don’t like the Second Amendment” because “it frankly blocks a lot of their plans for us.”
 
Masters has leaned on racism, conspiracy theories, and guns throughout this campaign." . . .
Peter Thiel Puts Another $3.5 Million Behind Blake Masters In Arizona
"The previously unreported donation is Thiel’s first new investment in the super PAC, Saving Arizona, since he seeded it with $10 million more than a year ago. It brings his investment in Masters — a friend and former employee who recently resigned his leadership positions at Thiel’s foundation and hedge fund — to $13.5 million."
May 24, 2022
Republican Senate Candidates, Including Masters In Arizona, Promote ‘Replacement’ Theory
"A half-dozen mainstream Republican Senate candidates are drawing on the “great replacement” conspiracy theory once confined to the far-right fringes of U.S. politics to court voters this campaign season, promoting the baseless notion that there is a plot to diminish the influence of white people in America."
May 17, 2022

Gender Pay Gap Is Just A ‘Left-Wing Narrative,’ Ariz. Senate Candidate Said

"Newly obtained video shows Blake Masters arguing men make more because they do the "most dangerous jobs.""

May 11, 2022

 

 

Recorded Feb. 2022, Video via MSNBC

GOP Senate Candidate Blake Masters Embraces National Abortion Ban
"He said that “at a minimum,” abortion should be left up to the states. But, he added, “I actually think we should go further than that though.” “I think the 14th Amendment says you have the right to life, liberty and property,” he said at an event in Carefree, Arizona. “You can’t deprive someone with that without due process. Hard to imagine a bigger deprivation of due process than killing a small child before they have a chance to take their first breath. So I think you do need a federal personhood law.”"
May 9, 2022
GOP Senate Candidate Blake Masters Wants To Allow States To Ban Contraception Use
"Blake Masters, a Tucson-based venture capitalist, boasts on his website that he will only vote to confirm federal judges “who understand that Roe and Griswold and Casey were wrongly decided, and that there is no constitutional right to abortion.” Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, decided in 1973 and 1992, respectively, both upheld a constitutional right to abortion access. But the ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut in 1965 protected a married couple’s right to buy and use contraceptives without government restrictions."
May 7, 2022
Trump Muscles Into Arizona Senate Primary
"Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend a fundraiser next week for Arizona Republican Blake Masters, marking his first foray into the state’s contentious GOP Senate primary. [...] The fundraiser, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO, is being held Wednesday night at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach"
Nov. 6, 2021

Billionaire Peter Thiel Has A Republican US Senate Candidate On His Corporate Payroll Who Is Earning More Than $1 Million, Documents Show

By: Adam WrenMeghan Morris, and Kimberly Leonard

Oct. 8, 2021

 

 
The Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters earned about $1 million from his business relationship with the investor and GOP megadonor Peter Thiel last year, underscoring just how financially enmeshed he is with his billionaire benefactor, new documents show.
 
Thiel, the PayPal founder and Facebook investor and board member, paid Masters a salary of $775,000 over the past year, according to Masters' personal-finance disclosure, filed on Thursday with the US Senate clerk.
 
The documents — filed nearly 10 weeks late, Insider previously reported — also show that Masters earned more than $340,000 in royalty payments from Thiel Capital stemming from sales of the book "Zero to One," which Masters wrote with Thiel.
 
Masters is the chief operating officer of Thiel Capital and the president of the Thiel Foundation. Thiel has already donated $10 million to Saving America, a pro-Masters super PAC; such committees may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates.
 
Masters did not immediately return Insider's message seeking comment. He'd told Insider in September that his financial disclosure would be "pretty vanilla." In October, he said he hadn't filed a timely disclosure because he was "busy campaigning and parenting," adding that "the most interesting and unique thing in my disclosure will be crypto."
 
His cryptocurrency holdings are indeed intriguing: He reported between $1.47 million and $6.19 million worth of assets across nine cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, bitcoin cash, dogecoin, ether, filecoin, litecoin, tezos, and zcash.
 
This makes Masters one of the most heavily cryptocurrency-invested congressional candidates.
 
Masters also owns between $2,000 and $30,000 in gold and silver bars and coins, according to his disclosure.
 
Masters also reported having a gun trust, described in the disclosure as a "trust established to hold weapons regulated by the National Firearms Act."
 
Masters' trust contains "guns and silencers," the disclosure said, without detailing his holdings further. Gun trusts may contain any kind of legally owned weapon but are often used to legally possess machine guns, short-barrel rifles, and shotguns.
 
Ties to Thiel
 
Masters, 35, filed papers with the Federal Election Commission on July 9 to run in the GOP Senate primary in Arizona. If he wins, he would likely face incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat, in what could become one of the most expensive races of the 2022 midterm elections.
 
Under federal law, Masters had 30 days to disclose his financial records or otherwise file for an extension, which he did not. Had Masters filed for an extension, Senate officials could have granted him as many as 90 more days to submit his personal financial information. He faces a $200 late-filing penalty, according to Senate rules.
 
Masters' ties with Thiel date to his Stanford Law School days, when he took the investor's entrepreneurship class, published his notes online, and then, with Thiel, wrote a bestselling compendium of the notes, "Zero to One."
 
After a stint in legal-tech entrepreneurship, Masters spent the past seven years at Thiel Capital.
 
When Donald Trump became president, Thiel — at times with Masters — helped Trump vet and select candidates for senior government positions. For example, Thiel sought to replace the longtime director of the National Institutes of Health with Andy Harris, a Republican congressman and doctor with far-right views, according to Max Chafkin's recent biography of Thiel.

You Can Have Dinner With Peter Thiel If You Donate $5,800 To His Employee’s US Senate Campaign
"Want to have an intimate dinner with Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel? Just donate $5,800 to one of his employees’ campaigns for US Senate. Donors who give the maximum legal amount to support Blake Masters’ bid to unseat Democratic Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly in 2022 will be invited to have dinner with the candidate and Thiel, according to the campaign."
Aug. 6, 2021
Blake Masters Launches GOP Run Against Arizona Senator Mark Kelly
"Masters said he supports the ongoing review of ballots in Maricopa County being conducted on behalf of legislative Republicans, led by a Trump supporter who promoted the former president’s unfounded election conspiracy theories. Asked whether he believes Democratic President Joe Biden was the legitimate winner of the 2020 election, Masters deflected. Masters considered challenging Republican Sen. Martha McSally last year, spooking some in the GOP who feared he would weaken the incumbent ahead of the general election, but opted against running. McSally lost to Kelly, who is now finishing the term of the late Sen. John McCain and seeking his own six-year term in office."
Jul. 13, 2021
Peter Thiel Is Spending $10 Million To Back A Business Partner’s Senate Bid
"Formed on April 19th, the Saving Arizona PAC is taking aim at the state’s 2022 Senate race, which will see former astronaut Mark Kelly defending his seat for the Democrats. According to Politico, the PAC will support Thiel Capital executive Blake Masters"
Apr. 26, 2021
Peter Thiel’s Latest Venture Is The American Government
"2016, he gave $4 million across various campaigns, including $1 million to a super-PAC supporting Trump, on whose behalf Thiel spoke at the Republican National Convention. He’s known to have funded right-wing hoaxer James O’Keefe"
One Of Peter Thiel’s Closest Aides Might Run For The US Senate
"Blake Masters could become the latest Thiel protégé in Washington"
Oct. 2, 1019

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