Peter Thiel rarely gives interviews, so when he does decide to answer a few questions from journalists, the media will pay rapt attention to what the notoriously conservative and Trump-supporting Silicon Valley expat has to say.
The venture capitalist and PayPal & Palantir founder made headlines on Sunday when he bashed "treasonous" Google for cutting ties with the US military while continuing its 'Project Dragonfly' - its plans for re-entering the Chinese market. He added that the US should investigate Google for possibly working with the Chinese military. Then, on Monday evening, Thiel appeared on Tucker Carlson and briefly shared his opinions about the crop of Democratic presidential contenders.
Thiel finds most of them "unimpressive" because they're focused on identity politics, an issue that likely won't find broad traction among voters.
But the "most dangerous" candidate is Elizabeth Warren, because she's actually talking about the economy and other important issues.
Peter Thiel said he’s most “scared” of Elizabeth Warren taking on Trump in 2020 b/c of her focus on the economy. Says he finds the all other candidates “unimpressive”— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) July 16, 2019
In his view, Warren is the most "dangerous" candidate.
“All the others are almost equally unimpressive, in that it’s all identity politics in one flavor or another," Thiel said. "I’m most scared by Elizabeth Warren. I think she’s the one who’s actually talking about the economy, which is the only thing, the thing that I think matters by far the most."
Thiel is generally regarded as the technology industry's most prominent supporter of President Trump. He became a pariah in Silicon Valley after speaking at the Republican National Convention and throwing his support behind Trump, whom he praised as "honest." Thiel has since moved his base of operations to LA.