Peter Thiel: We’re Voting For Trump Because We Judge The Leadership Of Our Country To Have Failed
Speaking At The National Press Club In Washington, Thiel Amplified On His Support For The Republican Nominee To Whom He Donated $1.25 Million In A Move That Stunned Silicon Valley.
Peter Thiel: ‘What Trump represents isn’t crazy and it’s not going away’
Tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel amped up his support for Donald Trump on Monday, saying the billionaire businessman gets “the big things” right despite “offensive and inappropriate” remarks.
Thiel conceded that Trump is not the perfect candidate. But after decades dominated by asset bubbles and a Washington culture that has made many Americans feel disaffected and powerless, Thiel said Trump represents a new path.
“It’s not a lack of judgment that leads Americans to vote for Trump; we’re voting for Trump because we judge the leadership of our country to have failed,” he added.
“Just as much as it’s about making America great, Trump’s agenda is about making America a normal country,” he said. “A normal country doesn’t have a half-trillion-dollar trade deficit. A normal country doesn’t fight five simultaneous undeclared wars. In a normal country, the government actually does its job.”
Thiel has a slew of noteworthy investments. He co-founded PayPal in 1998 and was the first outside investor in Facebook. He’s also written noteworthy books, the first of which was “The Diversity Myth” and in 2007 was outed as gay by Gawker.
Long a celebrated part of the Silicon Valley scene, he has been made a pariah in an area where Trump support is scarce. He remains defiant.
“Nobody would suggest that Donald Trump is a humble man,” Thiel said. “But the big things he’s right about amount to a much-needed dose of humility in our politics.”