Last November, mega MAGA donor Thomas Peterffy dumped "three time loser" Trump for "fresh face" Ron DeSantis. But six months later, the disenchanted billionaire is turned off by DeSantis' authoritarian leadership and is stepping back from funding the Florida dictator.
"I have put myself on hold. Because of his stance on abortion and book banning …" Peterffy said. "Myself, and a bunch of friends, are holding our powder dry."
Of course, it's not that Peterffy is taking the moral high ground. It's just that billionaires don't like to be seen on the losing side of things, as the extreme conservative added that DeSantis "seems to have lost some momentum."
From The Guardian:
After Peterffy's intervention, the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, a leading voice on Trump and Republican electoral politics, noted: "A major donor finally goes on record with what has been a whisper: donors are getting worried."
But as Haberman also noted, Peterffy still gave himself "a lot of wiggle room to resume with DeSantis without fully breaking from him". …
"I am more reluctant to back him," he said. "We are waiting to see who among the primary candidates is most likely to be able to win the general, and then put all of our firepower behind them."