This isn’t a free speech issue. YC’s brand, its identity, its relationship to its ecosystem are being polluted by a [whatever Thiel is to YC]. Damage control isn’t doubling down on Thiel, with his hate speech, funding censorship of journalists, and funding for presidential incompetence. YC should present Thiel a plaque thanking him for his service and quickly run far away. Now. Disentangling YC’s brand from Thiel’s is an existential choice.