Griffin’s statements reveal a rising degree of discontent among the Republican class with Trump, despite the fact that Trump started his 2024 campaign on Nov. 15.
Griffin has a net worth of approximately $29 billion, according to Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge. Griffin contributed roughly $60 million to federal Republican politicians running in the 2022 elections. Griffin has become the third-largest single donor in this election cycle, trailing conservative Richard Uihlein ($62 million) and leftist oligarch George Soros ($128 million).
Griffin stated his thoughts on Trump’s presidential ambitions in 2024 at Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum in Singapore on Nov. 14:
“I sincerely hope that President Trump recognizes the writing on the wall. He was defeated in 2020. We lost Georgia due to his conduct in the 2020 Senate race…that would be the second defeat. Then, this year, GOP lost the Senate when American voters rejected Trump-backed contenders in Senate contests.”
“That would be a three-time loser, and I would like to believe the Republican Party is prepared to move on from someone who’s been a three-time loser for this party.”
Griffin previously stated his support for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis running for president. Griffin told Politico, “He has a wonderful record as governor of FL, and our nation would be served well by him as president.”
Griffin contributed $5 million to DeSantis’ re-election campaign, making him the Florida governor’s largest fundraiser. Griffin has a history of supporting Democrats, including Obama in 2008 and Joe Biden’s induction in 2020.
Griffin’s charitable giving has shifted to the right in recent years. Griffin made headlines last summer when he relocated Citadel’s offices and his apartment from Chicago to Miami. Griffin had already expressed his growing dissatisfaction with Illinois and Chicago’s leadership. As his main reasons of criticism, he notably mentioned rising criminality and pervasive corruption.
Overall, the ruling class is attempting to fracture the America First movement by exploiting Republicans’ poor performance in the 2022 midterm elections.
Considering that some of Trump’s current behavior has been dubious, America First supporters should take aggressive steps to guarantee that the spirit of 2016 remains alive and well in the Republican Party. We must not allow the America First movement to be co-opted by elites, as other dissident organizations have in the past in Republican circles.