Palmer Luckey Oculus Rift Founder Seems To Be Spending Loads Backing pro-Trump ‘shitposts’

Zarmeen Shahzad
Posted Sep 24, 2016
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A surprising news just came up and it seems that Palmer Luckey, who is none other than the creator of ‘Oculus Rift’ (Facebook’s virtual reality headset). It is said that he is a secret backer for the pro-Donald Trump organization that is aiming to turn the tide of the elections by campaigns through memes and ‘shitposting’. This particular group, referred to as ‘Nimble America’ was brought forward last week on r/The_Donald. This portion is from the news site Reddit and it contains news regarding the Republican candidate. It may have now been deleted but on its unveiling, a moderator wrote, “What we’ve been able to accomplish here has been amazing and much bigger than any of us and certainly much bigger than Reddit. We’ve proven that shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real. So many of you have asked us, how we can bring this to real life.” Well it looks like they know what they’re doing.

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Secret Backers of Trumps campaigns unveiled

This news doesn’t end here, there is more drama involved. On the very same day when this group was unveiled, another user came forward. This user, ‘NimbleRichMan’, offered donations to the group for its first couple of days and wrote, “You and I are the same. We know Hillary Clinton is corrupt, a warmonger, a freedom-stripper. Not the good kind you see dancing in bikinis on Independence Day, the bad kind that strips freedom from citizens and grants it to donors. I reached out to the leaders of this community because I am doing everything I can to help make America great again. I have already donated significant funds to Nimble America, and will continue to do so. I need your help: For the next 48 hours, I will match your donations dollar for dollar. Donate $10 and I will match you by flying my jet a minute less. Donate a hundred and I will match you by skipping a glass of scotch. Donate a thousand and I will match by putting off the tire change on my car. Am I bragging? Will people be offended? Yes, but those people already hate Donald. They cannot stand to see successful people who are proud of their success. Let’s generate some success of our own. Make America great again with your meme magic, centipedes of The Donald!”

Attempts to hide the evidence or something else?

This post was also deleted but as you can see, the pro-republicans know exactly what they want to do to make sure their candidate wins. These posts and this group naturally aroused a lot of controversy. NimbleRichMan’s identity had just been confirmed to Reddit’s moderators and the group along with a Breitbart News editor was considered a scam and a fraud. One typical response to these particular parts of the news was, “Looks to me like some of the mods have finally decided to cash in on this community, and it’s not going over so well for them, because this shit seems scummier than it seems scammy, which is pretty bad, because it seems reeeaaaallly scammy.” Well it seems like some people are all for these campaigns whereas some have advised the Trump supporting Redditors to donate to Trump campaigns rather than unaffiliated organizations.

What was more interesting is that after this massive controversy came up, Luckey tried to dampen in up a bit. He came forward to the Daily Beast and represented himself as the money man and RichMan behind the group. He said that ‘NimbleRichMan was his Reddit account but said he was no more than a money man for the group. The listing has been deleted now, but previously he had been listed as the co-founder and vice-president for the group.

“I’ve got plenty of money,” Luckey told the Daily Beast. “Money is not my issue. I thought it sounded like a real jolly good time. He further added, “I came into touch with them over Facebook. It went along the lines of ‘hey, I have a bunch of money. I would love to see more of this stuff.’ They wanted to build buzz and do fundraising.”

A little about Luckey

Now for those who don’t Luckey and why his money means a lot, it is estimated that he made around $700 million when he sold his virtual reality startup to Facebook for $ 2 billion two years ago. He is the second big name to back Trump’s campaign publicly after Peter Thiel, the Facebook board member responsible for putting Gawker out of business.

FILE -- Palmer Luckey, the creator of the Oculus Rift virtual reality gaming headset, at his workshop in Irvine, Calif., Feb. 6, 2013. Facebook announced on March 26, 2014, that it was buying Oculus for $2 billion, signaling its belief in virtual reality as an essential platform for future growth. (Patrick T. Fallon/The New York Times)

It is very interesting that the pair, who are prominent members of facebook are in direct opposition to the founder and CEO of facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg has been pretty vocal about his support for progressive policies and his opposition to Trumps policies. He told Facebook’s F8 conference that he was shocked at the alarming shift in the number of countries towards people who were looking inwards and he was alarmed that at the “fearful voices calling for building walls” that were talking about stopping immigration.

Well it seems like the CEO hasn’t realized that some of his very own members are among these voices and fully support these voices.

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