On Saturday, Elon Musk said he would support Trump rival and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis if he were to run for US President in 2024.
Earlier this month, DeSantis defeated Democrat opponent Charlie Crist by nearly twenty percentage points to be re-elected as Florida governor and cemented himself as the Republican Party’s top rising star.
Musk, the billionaire Tesla CEO and Twitter owner, revealed his support for the governor while responding to a tweet on Friday.
When asked whether he would support DeSantis in 2024, Musk replied with a simple “yes.”
“My preference for the 2024 presidency is someone sensible and centrist,” Musk wrote, adding that he had reluctantly voted for Biden in 2020 but had since been disappointed by his administration.
But freedom of speech is the bedrock of a strong democracy and must take precedence.
My preference for the 2024 presidency is someone sensible and centrist. I had hoped that would the case for the Biden administration, but have been disappointed so far.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 26, 2022
Musk leaning toward DeSantis since June
Musk revealed in June that he had voted for a Republican for the first time in a special election and said that he was “leaning towards” DeSantis for 2024.
At the time, DeSantis responded by saying he would “welcome support from African Americans,” referencing the fact that Musk, who is white, was born in Pretoria, South Africa.
Musk made his latest comments about DeSantis amid a back-and-forth about his decision to reinstate Trump’s Twitter account last week, which had been suspended following the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
Musk also said on Friday night that he was “fine with Trump not tweeting” after having his account reinstated last weekend.
“The important thing is that Twitter correct a grave mistake in banning his account, despite no violation of the law or terms of service,” Musk said. “Deplatforming a sitting president undermined public trust in Twitter for half of America.”
Twitter banned Trump after the January 6th attack last year, saying his posts were “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the US Capitol.” Trump was also banned from Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube after the riot.
Musk’s tenure at Twitter has been turbulent with the owner admitting that Twitter has suffered a “massive” drop in advertising revenue amid concerns about his plans for moderating content on the platform, including the fate of banned accounts.
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