Former President Donald Trump is losing support on his home turf — with fed-up Floridians turning their backs on the MAGA movement as its leader throws relentless and unprovoked rhetorical jabs at their wildly popular governor, Ron DeSantis.
“I think Trump has too much baggage,” contractor Alberto Aguilar told The Post. “We need a clean start, a fresh start with someone new. It’s DeSantis’ time now.”
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“I think we need to move on from Trump at this point,” admitted a stay-at-home mom of four who declined to give her name.
“We have seen what DeSantis has done for Florida, and the proof is in the pudding with the election. We need someone like him in Washington.”
DeSantis, 44, won a second term as governor of the Sunshine State in a sensational blowout Tuesday, walloping his Democrat challenger Charlie Crist by nearly 20 percentage points.
So while MAGA flags still whip from boats and golf carts in this part of North Florida, Trump’s cheap shots at DeSantis are thinning out his fan base.
A former New York City resident who moved to St. John’s County last year said he enthusiastically jumped on the Trump train in 2015 and voted for him twice.
But the finance executive, who also declined to give his name, said that support came to an abrupt and permanent end this week.
“What’s amazing is that over the years Trump repeatedly cited the fact the ‘I have to hand it to them, the Dems stick together.’ Yet he is doing the antithesis of that,” he said.
Now fully supportive of DeSantis, the former Trump backer called his attacks “unnecessary and unproductive.”
Another St. John’s resident said he supported Trump in the past but would now vote for DeSantis if the two end up as Republican primary rivals in 2024.
“I had no problem with what the four years were with him,” Ron Huynan, who moved to Florida from Canada, told The Post. “But I think there are people that would better represent us.”
However, the break with Trump is far from total, with several St. Johns locals saying that they are torn in their support both men — but would ultimately stick with the 45th commander-in-chief moving forward.
For others, it is too early to decide.
Alberto Ibarra, head of the Miami Young Republicans, said many voters are just now beginning to weigh a potential matchup between the GOP rivals.
“Those discussions are just starting to happen. A lot of voters support both of them,” he told The Post. “But the governor has really excited young Republicans. From what I hear from voters, especially young voters, young Hispanic voters, is that they admire his courage.
“He doesn’t let the left or the media intimidate him,” Ibarra added. “We’ll see how the process plays out. In a few months we can start to gauge the temperature.”