Bloomberg reports that the PayPal and Palantir co-founder praised Trump's honesty, adding that unlike other Republican presidential hopefuls from the 2016 election, he isn't a "zombie" and was the only candidate who addressed what Thiel considers politics' biggest problem: political correctness.
"I got to meet a lot of people running for president on the U.S. Republican side in 2016 and they all felt like zombies," he said during a Monday event on entrepreneurship in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
"They couldn't say anything different other than programmed ideological soundbites." Trump, Thiel said, is "a very healthy corrective to that."
"I fully understand why people think of President Trump as a rude, mean person," Thiel said. "But I think that's often better than telling beautiful lies about the way the country is working."
Thiel on Monday also said that:
"with all the flaws, all the challenges the Trump administration's had, I believe it was incredibly important to articulate certain things about how our political institutions and our society were not working as well as before."