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Gay Billionaire Peter Thiel: “What Trump Represents Isn’t Crazy And It’s Not Going Away”

“I don’t agree with everything Donald Trump has said and done, and I don’t think the millions of other people voting for him do, either.”

Paypal founder Peter Thiel has been an unexpected Donald Trump booster, speaking this summer at the Republican National Convention and writing a $1.25 million check to the Trump campaign earlier this month.

PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel speaks on the last day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. / AFP / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
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In a press conference today, the gay billionaire unpacked his support for the maverick reality TV star, saying he points “toward a new Republican Party beyond the dogmas of Reaganism… even beyond the remaking of one party to a new American politics that overcomes denial, rejects bubble-thinking and reckons with reality.”

“No matter what happens in this election, what Trump represents isn’t crazy and it’s not going away,” said Thiel, an early investor in Facebook.

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump responds to a question during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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“When the distracting spectacles of this election season are forgotten and the history of our time is written, the only important question will be whether or not that new politics came too late.”

He admitted he doesn’t agree with everything Trump has said and done, and doesn’t believe his supporters do either.

“Nobody thinks his comments about women were acceptable… But I don’t think the voters pull a lever in order to endorse a candidate’s flaws.”

Thiel doesn’t seem to be endorsing Trump at all, so much as he’s endorsing anything but the status quo, explaining, “We’re voting for Trump because we judge the leadership of our country to have failed.”

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