As the former president tries to kickstart his 2024 presidential campaign, three of Donald Trump’s wealthiest fans have turned against him in the last two days.
Trump’s college pal and Estée Lauder family heir Ronald Lauder announced he will not support the former president’s campaign for the White House in 2024.
Lauder recently backed Lee Zeldin in the New York governor’s election.
Lauder has been a prominent supporter of Trump’s last presidential bids.
Wednesday morning, Axios reported that Stephen Schwarzman, another significant Republican megadonor, was also renouncing his support for Trump.
After Trump declared his decision to run for office again on Tuesday night at Mar-a-Lago, Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman told Axios that “America does best when its leaders are rooted in today and tomorrow, not today and yesterday.”
Schwarzman declared that the Republican Party needed to look to a new generation of leaders and that he intended to back one of them in the presidential primary.
Ken Griffin of Citadel, a third significant donor, declared he would not endorse Trump.
Griffin said on Tuesday at a Bloomberg discussion that, should he decide to run, he will support Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Griffin criticized Trump at an Orlando conference for Republican governors on Tuesday afternoon, only hours before Trump’s speech, using the phrase “three-time loser,” which is similar to the words used to describe the ex-record president by former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Axios reports that Christie told the crowd that Trump was to blame for not only the failure of the “red wave” in 2022 but also for defeats in the elections of 2020 and 2018.
Following Ivanka Trump’s declaration that she would not support her father’s presidential campaign, there was a backlash.
The former White House adviser declared, “I adore my father.” This time, I’ve decided to put my young children first and the private life we’re building.