Donald Trump is back for round three.
He just officially threw his hat in the ring for President of the United States.
But Trump just got some bad news about his big 2024 announcement.
One week after election day, which turned out to be a very underwhelming night for Republicans, Donald Trump chose to announce another run for the president.
But it appears that he will not have a cakewalk to the nomination like he did in 2020 as the incumbent President.
Non-serious Never-Trumpers challenged him and went nowhere.
But this time he will likely face a different slate of candidates and he may not be able to recreate his 2016 magic.
On top of that, he just lost the support of two major Republican donors.
The Daily Wire reported that “two top allies of former President Donald Trump announced Wednesday, the day after Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign, that they will not support the former president. Stephen Schwarzman, a billionaire investor, said in a statement early on Wednesday that he would not support Trump in the Republican Party primaries for president . . . Later in the day, Ronald Lauder, a billionaire heir to the Estée Lauder fortune, announced through his spokesperson that he would not support Trump’s new campaign for president. The spokesperson did not indicate who Lauder would support in 2024, but a report from CNBC noted that he has repeatedly given to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.”
Schwarzman explained, “America does better when its leaders are rooted in today and tomorrow, not today and yesterday . . . It is time for the Republican Party to turn to a new generation of leaders and I intend to support one of them in the Presidential primaries.”
It appears as though Schwarzman and Lauder are fatigued by the Trump phenomenon, and are looking to move forward.
Trump was always going to need a succession plan and it may have to come earlier than he expected.
Many on the Right have already signaled that they prefer Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to pick up the mantle and be the leader of the Republican Party.
Trump could sense DeSantis gaining momentum, which is why he had taken small jabs at him over the last year, then launched a first strike right before the Midterms.
Citadel founder and Republican megadonor Ken Griffin added, “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.”
Trump’s hand-picked candidates did not fare well in the Midterms – for various reasons – and DeSantis and Florida Republicans had a historically good night.
That has only built the momentum for a shift from Trump to DeSantis.
Regardless of what happens, Trump’s primary fight might be tougher than his 2016 Battle Royal where he came out of nowhere.
Stay tuned to Right News Wire for any updates to this ongoing story.