Tuesday night was Donald Trump’s big night. The former President was set to deliver a rousing and elegant speech at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, capped off with the biggest political announcement of the year: Trump would officially be hitting the campaign trail for 2024.
But the former Commander in Chief has picked up some intra-party detractors during his time out of office, including many folks who believe that he should step aside and allow Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to take up the GOP mantle.
One of those critics even took that message to the sky as Trump was making his big announcement.
Banner airplanes were trolling Donald Trump as a loser on Tuesday ahead of his “HUGE announcement” at Mar-a-Lago, an expected third bid for the presidency.
One plane was observed near his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida with a message calling him a “3X bigly loser.” Another tagged his potential rival for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who resoundingly won re-election last week.
“You lost again Donald! #DeSantis2024,” the message reads.
Thoughts on Trump’s potential candidacy have been shifting in recent days.
Trump’s announcement at 9 p.m. comes as Republicans are furious and blaming him for failing to achieve the “red wave” they had hoped for in last week’s midterm elections.
Even his close ally, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said most Republican senators think he should wait.
“I think most people in the conference would prefer President Trump not to announce tonight,” he said.
Trump’s announcement came despite the complaints from Graham and others, and it could open the proverbial gates for a number of candidates to follow suit in the coming weeks…including DeSantis.