Last Updated on November 18, 2022
Florida Governor Ron Desantis’ top donor has made some controversial comments concerning his relationship with China.
Ken Griffin, the billionaire CEO of Citadel, who funded $5 million towards Ron Desantis’ gubernatorial campaign and is vying for a Desantis 2024 presidential run, admitted his hedge fund is prioritizing China as its “center of focus.”
Griffin, who has countersignaled a Trump 2024 run, wants to “increase the size of our commitment” in China and supported CCP leader Xi Jinping for his economic leadership, saying it helped “re-accelerated China’s growth.”
Griffin described Trump as a “three-time loser” and hopes the 45th president of the United States will “see the writing on the wall” and give up his 2024 bid.
“I’d like to think that the Republican party is ready to move on from somebody who has been for this party a three-time loser,” Griffin stated, citing Trump’s 2020 loss and blaming Trump for the GOP leadership losing two Georgia Senate seats.
Despite the lack of a “red wave” in the Midterms, Griffin described the midterm results as “a great moment — American voters came out in droves. This was a triumph of democracy.”
“I’m quite happy about the midterms,” the billionaire added.
National File previously reported on Griffin’s ties to Democrat politicians like Barack Obama and Joe Biden and his disdain for the Populist movement within the GOP:
Griffin, who contributed $500,000 to Joe Biden’s 2020 inaugural committee and fundraised for Barack Obama in 2008, explained what kind of Republican and leader he expects DeSantis to be.
Knocking a Trump-energized GOP, Griffin commented, “I think it’s time to move on to the next generation.”
Lacking a socially-conservative viewpoint, Griffin told Politico how a DeSantis presidential campaign could improve the GOP’s diversity and “blunt the vein of populism that has complicated the party’s relationship with the corporate world.”
Additionally, Griffin is pushing a big-tent party ideology onto Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“Many of the conversations with Kevin McCarthy about candidates are really about ‘How do we bring more people from different backgrounds into the Republican Party?’” Griffin said of his view on the GOP’s future.
Stay tuned to National File for any updates.