Elon Musk supports Republican DeSantis for president in 2024 in a tweet
Elon Musk can say one thing today and the opposite tomorrow. It is what the owner of the SpaceX aeronautics and executive director of the electric vehicle brand Tesla has been doing for weeks with his offer to buy Twitter, now on “suspense”. But Musk is still the richest man on the planet, according to Forbes, and one of the most influential. That is why his political preferences deserve attention.
Almost hidden in a thread of that network, and in response to a user curiously named Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (Tesla Owners), the tycoon spoke out this Wednesday in favor of the governor of Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, as a candidate for president in the 2024 elections.
The user in question began by sounding out Musk on whether he would support a Republican. He responded with the acronym TBD (To Be Decided), that is, “to be determined”. The questioner continued: “What are you leaning toward?” And then Musk replied simply, “DeSantis.”
The thread began with information about the victory of Republican Mayra Flores in a special election, to replace a Democrat who resigned his seat in the Texas state House.
“I voted for Mayra Flores, the first time I did it for the Republicans. Massive red wave in 2022,” the businessman tweeted. And then came the brief dialogue crowned with support for DeSantis.
The conversation continued in a somewhat surprising way, already off Twitter. In a public event, and to questions from the press about Musk’s support, DeSantis replied with a wry gesture: “I’m focused on (the mid-term elections of) 2022, but what I would say to Elon Musk, you know, is that I appreciate the support of African Americans. What can I say?”
The governor was alluding to the South African origin of Musk, who was born in Pretoria although he shares that nationality with those of Canada and the United States.
DeSantis has not yet confirmed that he will present himself as a candidate for the Republican candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, but he is the best placed to compete with Donald Trump in a primary to conquer that position.