Turns out the Oculus Rift creator is funding the dark corners of Donald Trump lobbyist groups
Palmer Luckey has admitted to funding a pro-Trump lobbyist group.
The Oculus founder was revealed to be the financial backer of Nimble America, The Daily Beast reported, a non-profit organisation which is “dedicated to shitposting in real life”.
‘Shitposting’, for those not up-to-date with their internet shorthand, refers to a brand of social media and forum behaviour characterised by deliberate trolling, using an overabundance of memes and generally behaving in a way that many may consider childish and objectionable.
The group claimed to be behind a billboard in Pittsburgh, which featured a picture of Clinton captioned with the words “too big to jail” and a popular Trump-related hashtag.
A Reddit user by the name of NimbleRichMan – which Luckey confirmed to the Beast was in fact him – posted an AMA on the Donald Trump subreddit promising that he would match any donations to Nimble America for a 48-hour period.
Both the Reddit account and the associated AMA have now been deleted, but a cached copy of the page reveals that Luckey is an outright supporter of Trump. He was personally endorsed by infamous right-wing journalist Milo Yiannopoulos, who spoke of “his passion for Donald Trump and the Trump movement”.
“You and I are the same. We know Hillary Clinton is corrupt, a warmonger, a freedom-stripper,” NimbleRichMan wrote. “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 have supported Donald’s presidential ambitions for years. I encouraged him to run in the last election, but the overwhelming power, resources, and institutional advantages available to a sitting President made it almost impossible.”
A post by well-known Trump Redditor TehDonald also suggested that the reason behind Luckey’s support of Nimble America was that the Federal Election Commission wouldn’t allow him to donate any more money to Trump directly.
According to The Daily Beast, Luckey’s rationale behind his support of the group is that “I thought it sounded like a real jolly good time”. Polygon reported that representatives from Luckey’s company had no knowledge of the affiliations.