The 7 most revealing quotes from the New York Times' big interview with Peter Thiel, Trump's biggest supporter in Silicon Valley

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"I was thinking, 'I hope this doesn't look too weird on TV,'" Thiel tells the New York Times of his awkward handshake with Donald Trump at the President-elect's New York tech leader summit.

President-elect Donald Trump only had one high-profile supporter in Silicon Valley during the 2016 presidential campaign: Peter Thiel, a PayPal cofounder, Facebook director, and legendary venture investor.

And yet, Thiel is notoriously private , keeping much of his true rationale for supporting Trump to himself , even as he faced steep criticism from his colleagues in the technology community for his role in the election, and more recently, as part of Trump's transition team .

Now, in a must-read new interview with Maureen Dowd of the New York Times , Thiel speaks candidly and clearly about how he views the world, nine days out from Trump's inauguration. The entire interview is well worth your time, as a look inside the mind of Trump's biggest advocate in Silicon Valley, but here are the 7 most revealing sentences:

  • On reconciling being gay with the perception that Trump's administration will pursue an anti-LGBT agenda : "You know, maybe I should be worried but I'm not that worried about it," Thiel tells the Times. "I don't know. People know too many gay people. There are just all these ways I think stuff has just shifted. For speaking at the Republican convention, I got attacked way more by liberal gay people than by conservative Christian people.
  • On the concerns that Trump might provoke a war with his Twitter account: "A Twitter war is not a real war."
  • On the infamously vulgar Billy Bush tape : "On the one hand, the tape was clearly offensive and inappropriate. At the same time, I worry there's a part of Silicon Valley that is hyper-politically correct about sex. One of my friends has a theory that the rest of the country tolerates Silicon Valley because people there just don't have that much sex. They're not having that much fun."
  • On whether Russia is behind the hacks on the Democratic National Committee : "There's a strong circumstantial case that Russia did this thing. On the other hand, I was totally convinced that there were W.M.D.s in Iraq in 2002, 2003."
  • On Twitter's role in the election: "I think the crazy thing is, at a place like Twitter, they were all working for Trump this whole year even though they thought they were working for Sanders."
  • On Hillary Clinton's weakness: " "If you're too optimistic, it sounds like you're out of touch," Thiel tells Dowd. "The Republicans needed a far more pessimistic candidate. Somehow, what was unusual about Trump is, he was very pessimistic but it still had an energizing aspect to it."
  • On whether or not he'll regret his role in Trump's election : "I always have very low expectations, so I'm rarely disappointed," he says.

Read the full New York Times interview here>>

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