Billionaire PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel voiced his disappointment with politicians including Donald Trump in a new profile as he claims he’s taking a break from being a GOP kingmaker.
Thiel, 56, has recently become synonymous with right-wing politics in America, a major donor to the likes of Trump and current Ohio Senator J.D. Vance.
However, Vance was one of his few successes in the 2022 midterm elections, despite donating more than $20 million. It’s part of a difficult period for the billionaire.
More recently, Thiel’s ex-boyfriend, male model Jeff Thomas, died after jumping from a Miami apartment building in March.
He declined to discuss Thomas in a rare interview with Barton Gellman The Atlantic Oceanbut he did discuss his newfound ambivalence with politics and the mistake he appears to be admitting in supporting Trump.
Billionaire PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel sounded off in a new profile about his disappointment with politicians, including Donald Trump, as he claims he’s taking a break from being a GOP kingmaker
“Voting for Trump was like an understated cry for help,” Thiel claims, but he said Trump ultimately failed to meet what he calls “low expectations” and that he was “disappointed and disenchanted” with the ex-president .
“There’s a lot of things I did wrong,” Thiel said. ‘It was crazier than I thought. It was more dangerous than I thought.’
Thiel’s disillusionment with Trump seems to be less about policy and more about competence.
“They failed to get the most basic parts of government to work. So that was – I think that part was maybe worse than even my low expectations.”
The bad feeling now appears to be mutual between Trump and Thiel, with Trump expressing disappointment to the donor that he “expected a lot more” from Thiel this election cycle.
Gellman reports that Trump later called Blake Masters — one of Thiel’s failed 2022 candidates who lost a Senate race in Arizona — to tell him that Thiel was a “f****** son of a bitch.”
However, he did say he would not try to become a “never-Trump” Republican in the future, despite calling Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election “not helpful.”
Thiel claims he’s done pumping money into the Republican Party for now.
Thiel, 56, has recently become synonymous with right-wing politics in America, a major donor to the likes of Trump
“Voting for Trump was like an understated cry for help,” Thiel claimed, but said Trump ultimately failed to meet what he calls “low expectations” and that he was “disappointed and disenchanted” with the ex-president.
More recently, Thiel’s ex-boyfriend Jeff Thomas, the male model, died after jumping from a Miami apartment building in March. He declined to discuss Thomas in the interview
“There’s always a chance I might change my mind,” Thiel said. “But talking to you makes it hard for me to change my mind.”
He added that his family and his understanding of how badly candidates want his money should keep him out of politics for now.
“My husband doesn’t want me to give them any more money, and he’s right. I know they’re going to harass me like crazy. And talking to you will ban me from the 2024 cycle.”
Jeff Thomas was the rumored boyfriend of billionaire mogul Peter Thiel. Thomas was a successful model and social media influencer. His muscular physique and good looks earned him more than 120,000 followers
Thiel (left) and husband Matt Danzeisen share many businesses and many homes together. They also share two young daughters
However, Thiel has suggested he will support Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in 2024.
The interview comes at the end of a difficult year for Thiel in both his political and personal life, which began with the March suicide of his friend Jeff Thomas, who jumped to his death from a Miami apartment building.
There is no evidence of any misconduct by Peter Thiel.
Thomas had a three-year relationship with PayPal co-founder Thiel, who set him up in a $13 million dollar mansion tucked away in the Hollywood Hills, gave him lavish European trips, a $300,000 sports car, and access to the most coveted parties donated. in the city.
Thiel declined to comment on Thomas, citing his ex-lover’s family wanting privacy.
However, he briefly criticized those who tried to make dirt on the relationship, telling Gellman that “the nihilism plaguing American politics runs even deeper than I knew.”