The stage is set at Mar-a-Lago tonight, flanked by a vast number of American flags and all of the glitz that one expects when visiting Donald Trump’s Florida estate.
Trump is very likely set to announce his 2024 presidential candidacy this evening, despite some GOP objector who have been imploring him to wait until the Georgia Senate runoff race is over, lest they wish to give Democrat Raphael Warnock a surrogate target in the intensely tight race.
But, just hours ahead of the announcement, there are are rather strong opinions about Trump’s political future being bandied about by some fairly powerful people.
Citadel’s billionaire founder, Ken Griffin, called Donald Trump a “three-time loser” and said he hoped the former president would “see the writing on the wall” and not run for the White House again, making way for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
“I’d like to think that the Republican party is ready to move on from somebody who has been for this party a three-time loser,” Griffin said, citing Trump’s 2020 defeat, the loss of Georgia Senate seats in 2021 and this year’s midterms. DeSantis, who Griffin has financially backed, is “going to run on a record of just unbelievable accomplishment.”
Griffin had earlier sought to correct the media’s spin on the midterms.
“It was a great moment — American voters came out in droves,” he said. “This was a triumph of democracy,” he added, citing voters’ decision to split their ballots between members of both parties and the failure of many fringe candidates in both parties. “I’m quite happy about the midterms.”
DeSantis has been making several prominent political maneuvers behind the scenes, cozying up to Republican megadonors and the like, but has yet to give any real indication as to his ’24 plans.