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When you think of the quintessential liberal CEO or Facebook executive, Chamath Palihapitiya is likely the face that comes to mind. This Sri Lankan-born Canadian-American venture capitalist, engineer, SPAC sponsor, and CEO of Social Capital was also an early senior executive at Facebook. He ticks all the boxes on the “woke left” checklist.

Until now…

Palihapitiya recently had an astonishing change of heart. He went from being a staunch Trump critic to not only understating the strategy behind Trump’s supposed “madness,” but also respecting it. It’s one of the most powerful turnaround stories you’ll ever hear. A popular X account that goes by “KanekoaTheGreat” shared this amazing podcast:

Chamath Palihapitiya highlights President Trump’s remarkable Middle East peace agreement via the Abraham Accords, underscores the growing need for a U.S. border wall, and points out the corporate media’s lies about Jared Kushner.

@Chamath: “As a Democrat, who has been left homeless, who is now definitely in the center, but probably leaning increasingly right, I’m left yet again with an appreciation, despite the messenger of the message, of the Trump administration, because what those guys did, was pretty incredible.

In hindsight, these Abraham Accords, the accords with Israel and the GCC, the almost accord between Israel and Saudi, to really be able to find a long-lasting peace. He’s just a real example for the world. And those guys did a lot of really great work.”

@Jason: “It’s a miracle when you look at it. Listen, I’m no fan of Trump, but if you objectively look at what they did, it was great work.”

Chamath then asks if ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ is causing more damage than President Trump, with the left and the media’s bias against the messenger overshadowing the importance of the message?

@Chamath: “I think the answer is yes… So much of the work that happened in that administration turned out to have been right… The work on the border wall, we didn’t like the messenger. So, we killed the message. Turned out it was right.

Issuing long-term debt to refinance when rates were at zero. We didn’t like the messenger, so we killed the message. A structural peace deal in the Middle East. We didn’t like the messenger, so we killed the message…

When are we going to actually take the time to look past who was saying things and actually listen to them word for word? …If you listen to this @lexfridman podcast, the most important thing that is resoundingly obvious about @jaredkushner is that he is incredibly thoughtful and incredibly competent. And why did we have to spend years being fed all of these stupid lies?

Because one can judge for oneself. But Jared Kushner is thoughtful. He’s smart. And I thought to myself, I was fed all these lies for years about how this guy was moping around in the shadows and this and that, and it was all not true.”

Raise your hand if you prefer “Mean Tweets” to war breaking out around the world.

This story kind of restores your faith in humanity, doesn’t it? Someone like Palihapitiya would typically be written off as “lost” or “unfixable,” and life would move on. But this just proves that if we ditch the hostility and nastiness in favor of education and kind explanation, we might actually make some progress—and even change a few minds. Food for thought…