The fear liberal elites have of a second Donald Trump presidency is palpable. The Trump-phobia has reached a fever pitch, with influential, deep-pocketed Democrats publicly throwing support and privately writing big checks to one of the former President’s old allies turned competitor.
GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley is emerging as the top competition to Trump and racking in some serious donation dollars, which will undoubtedly be used to pummel Florida Governor and rival Ron DeSantis in a blitz of advertisements. Will the donations be enough to oust Governor DeSantis from the race, and more importantly, will the donations be enough to topple the Goliath that is Donald Trump?
One Democrat mega-donor hopes the strategy will work; let’s look at one of Ms. Haley’s newest supporters from the left.
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman has donated $250,000 to a super PAC supporting Nikki Haley in her bid to become the Republican nominee for President and, ultimately, the next Commander-in-Chief. Careful not to ditch his preferred choice for the White House, Mr. Hoffman wrote:
“While I am a staunch supporter of Biden and hope he will win a second term, I also provided financial support to Nikki Haley’s super PAC even though some polls show Haley doing better than Trump in a general election against Biden.”
It’s not the most resounding endorsement for President Joe Biden. Mr. Hoffman went on to explain how dire it is that someone, literally anyone other than former President Donald Trump, receives the Republican nomination:
“I did so because my first priority is American democracy and the integrity of our legal system. That means my first priority is to defeat Trump, and the primary is the first of two chances to do so.”
Thank God for billionaire patriots like Mr. Hoffman to stand between the half of America that supports Donald Trump and the fate of our nation’s future. He went on to write of Mr. Trump:
“His campaign will be a campaign against American democracy and our rule of law system.”
Someone could use a hug and perhaps an emotional support animal.
Liberals supporting liberals
The reaction from Team DeSantis upon the news of Mr. Hoffman’s sizeable donation was by far the best. Governor Ron DeSantis’ campaign press secretary, Bryan Griffin, said:
“It makes perfect sense that liberal Democrat billionaires would support Nikki Haley’s bid for the White House, because she is a liberal.”
Citing her penchant for unlimited military and financial aid to fight foreign wars, waffled positions on China, and her recent advocacy for stifling free speech on social media, Mr. Griffin had a good point. It can be hard to see daylight between Nikki Haley’s policy positions and those of the Democratic Party.
This isn’t the first time Mr. Hoffman has thrown financial and public support behind a Republican. In 2022, he donated to Liz Cheney, who was and still is a fanatic hater of Donald Trump and whose political affiliation is questionable at best.
The question remains: is this support for Nikki Haley a strategy to knock Donald Trump out of the primaries, or is this more a reality check from influential liberals that President Biden’s time is up and there is no other option other than the most liberal of the Republicans?
Anybody but Trump
Mr. Hoffman still claims to support Joe Biden in his bid for re-election, writing in the same post that explained his support for Nikki Haley:
“In the 2024 election, I will enthusiastically vote for Joe Biden.”
That had to be a hard sentence to write; enthusiasm and Biden are two concepts that don’t go well together – sort of like pairing polka dots with stripes, it just doesn’t work. Mr. Hoffman’s donation to Ms. Haley’s campaign came shortly after JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon begged liberals to throw their support behind her:
“Even if you’re a very liberal Democrat, I urge you, help Nikki Haley, too. Get a choice on the Republican side that might be better than Trump.”
Mr. Dimon hedging his bets on the devil that might be better than the devil you know seems like a risky tactic, but isn’t considering that donating to Nikki Haley puts her snugly in the pockets of those billionaire donors on the off chance she makes it into the White House.
Mr. Hoffman wrote:
“Those of us who believe in America must link arms to block Donald Trump from regaining the White House.”
He went on to punctuate:
“Nikki Haley would not be as good for America as Joe Biden, but America would survive her administration.”
It sounds like the uber-rich left is starting to abandon hope in Uncle Joe and resigning themselves to a hopeful, pretty puppet in Nikki Haley.
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