Already a member? Log In

‘All-In’ for Trump

david sacks
David Sacks, the ‘All-In’ host who once considered serving on the Trump transition team, has been in touch with Mar-a-Lago over the last few weeks. Photo: Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch
Theodore Schleifer
April 23, 2024

In Silicon Valley, the historical epicenter of misfit entrepreneurs just trying to make the world a better place, it has never been more socially acceptable to support Donald Trump. So I suppose I shouldn’t have been particularly surprised when I caught wind from three sources that investor David Sacks, co-host of the wildly popular All-In podcast, has been talking to friends about hosting a fundraiser for the Republican nominee in San Francisco.

Sacks’ critics are wrong to write him off as just a juvenile shock-jock, even if his name-recognition in donor circles far outstrips the amount of money he has actually contributed. Sacks is a bona fide influencer, leveraging his network and audio platform—he’s hosted everyone from Dean Phillips to R.F.K. Jr.—to amplify his brand within Republican politics. Opening his Pacific Heights mansion to the 45th president was a natural next step. Invites aren’t out, and other logistical details remain T.B.D., but Sacks, who once considered serving on the Trump transition team, has been in touch with Mar-a-Lago over the last few weeks. A date isn’t chosen given Trump’s trial, but I hear the fundraiser could come together as soon as next month. Sacks’ co-host and bestie, Chamath Palihapitiya, is likely to be involved in any event, too.