Legendary Silicon Valley tech investor, Pieter Thiel, endorsed Donald Trump!
And whole Silicon Valley is stunned! Almost all of them are crazy liberals, but thankfully there is smart people!
We mean, smart in politics too, not just in tech!
Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel compared this year’s election cycle to a “bad dream” in a rare public address on Monday that felt as much a public endorsement of himself as it was of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
After a tumultuous six months, in which he admitted to secretly bankrolling lawsuits against Gawker Media, the now-defunct news organization, and announced his support of Trump, Thiel took to the podium at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to discuss his backing of a political outsider whose nomination threatens the status quo of American government. Both political parties have led that government into crisis again and again, said Thiel, who argued that Trump, while imperfect, understands the issues from free trade to war.
“I don’t think voters pull the lever in order to endorse a candidate’s flaws,” he said. “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.”
For those familiar with Thiel’s rhetoric, the Halloween address felt like an extension of his July speech at the Republican National Convention in which he railed against broken government. For others, it offered a quick examination into the mind of one of the technology industry’s most divisive figures, a Facebook FB -0.24% board member whose libertarian outlook offers a contrast from a Democratic-leaning Silicon Valley.
While Thiel’s contrarianism is watched with a mix of fascination and horror in the Valley, it’s not clear that his opinion matters to–or even registers with–the electorate at large. A week away from the election, it seemed as if Monday’s address was Thiel’s way of reinserting himself in the political discussion and perhaps paving the way for his future involvement in electoral politics. A spokesperson for Thiel told FORBES said that despite the tone of his speech, the billionaire currently has “no plans” to run for elected office.
Thiel, who committed to donating $1.25 million to the Trump campaign last month, doubled down on the candidate in his speech. He lambasted a government, which under both Democratic and Republican presidencies, had experienced the dot-com and housing bubbles respectively, and become engaged in multiple military efforts abroad.
“Just as much as it’s about making America great, Trump’s agenda is about making America a normal country,” said Thiel. “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.”