The list of defectors includes Arizona donor Don Tapia, a retired electrical company executive who served as Trump’s ambassador to Jamaica. Tapia was a six-figure contributor to Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns — but said that he had decided to back DeSantis should he run in 2024.
Tapia, who gave more than $50,000 to DeSantis’ reelection bid and hosted a pair of fundraisers for him, contended that donors had grown tired of Trump’s attacks on DeSantis and predicted that the retreat would “overwhelmingly” be attended by former Trump supporters.
“The name-calling has turned a lot of people off,” Tapia said of Trump. “Let me tell you, we don’t like that.”
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Don Tapia, a 6-figure Trump donor who was Trump’s ambassador to the Bahamas, is defecting to DeSantis
“The name-calling has turned a lot of people off… Let me tell you, we don’t like that.”https://t.co/UY219FIJuw
— Alex Isenstadt (@politicoalex) February 21, 2023