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.
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.
“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.”