"There are certainty a lot of things that Trump said that I would not have said or done," Thiel conceded in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "I do think Trump is a fighter."
That characteristic serves him well in a combative Washington climate. Thiel compared Trump's feisty persona to Mitt Romney, who failed in his bid for presidency in the 2012 election.
"[I]n a way I could understand why Trump was doing this," he said. "Romney tried the opposite strategy where he was extremely nice to everybody and just got rolled."
Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and pioneer in many other major tech ventures, has taken considerable heat for his support for Trump.