A Republican megadonor and one-time supporter of former President Donald Trump has flipped to supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for president, saying that he believes the former president should drop out of the race.
Hal Lambert, founder and CEO of Point Bridge Capital and creator of MAGA EFT, told Fox Business on Tuesday that he does not believe Trump can win in the 2024 general election.
“I don’t think he can win the general,” he said. “There’s states that matter, and we all know what those are. It’s going to be things like Nevada and Arizona and Virginia, Wisconsin. I don’t see Trump winning any of those states. And so we can’t win if we don’t win those states.”
“It’s time to move on to the next generation,” he continued. “And Governor DeSantis is a vision forward versus hashing out things from the past. I think it would be a moratorium on Biden’s presidency — or a referendum, I should say, versus a referendum on Trump.”
Lambert said that voters do not want another nine months of what they saw Trump deliver during his recent town hall event on CNN.
“We want what Governor DeSantis offers, which is a vision forward, not looking back,” he said.
Lambert said that he only went public with his support of DeSantis this week and that he’s “going to do everything I can to help Governor DeSantis win.”
“I’m going to try to help raise as much money as we can raise to help him win the election,” he said. “And I suspect that Donald Trump has peaked in the polls. So he loves to talk — talk about the polls. At 52 percent, I don’t think that’s that great in the Republican primary. I mean, he’s the former president, and yet basically half of the party would prefer someone else. And I think those numbers go lower from here going forward. I think DeSantis closes that gap pretty quickly.”
Lambert said that Trump’s name-calling was getting old and that even many of his own supporters do not like it when he attacks DeSantis.
“Look, we want to unite the country, and we can’t have name-calling. We have got to move to an adult conversation on real issues. And I think DeSantis brings that to the table. If you look at a DeSantis versus Biden, I mean, it’s a very stark contrast. It’s the next generation moving forward, and I think — I think that’s what the American people are ultimately going to decide that they want to have.”
“I just don’t think we want to see a Biden-Trump reelection battle,” he added. “And I think Donald Trump should drop out of the race, quite frankly. For the better of the country, I think he should drop out of the race.”