Elon Musk says he will support DeSantis if Florida governor runs for president

WASHINGTON: Billionaire Elon Musk said on Friday he will support Ron DeSantis in 2024 if Governor of Floridawho has just entered his second term, will run for president.
DeSantis earlier this month defeated Democratic rival Charlie Crist by nearly 20 percentage points to be re-elected governor of Florida and established himself as the top rising star of the Republican Party.
Political experts have hailed DeSantis, who is seen as a potential challenger to the former president. Donald Trump in the 2024 field of Republican presidential candidates. Trump announced 10 days ago that he will run for re-election in 2024.
“My priority for the 2024 presidency is a reasonable and neutral person. I was hoping that would be true for Biden management, but have been disappointed so far,” Musk said on Twitter.
“Yes,” he replied in a tweet when asked if he would support DeSantis in 2024.
“As a reminder, I am a significant supporter of the Obama-Biden presidency and (reluctantly) voted for Biden instead of Trump,” the Twitter owner said.
Musk had previously said in June that he was leaning toward backing DeSantis for president in 2024 and added that the Florida governor would easily defeat Biden in the election.
When asked about Musk’s support, DeSantis joked: “I welcome support from African Americans, what can I say.” Musk, who is white, grew up in South Africa.
DeSantis is especially popular with conservatives for being at the forefront of culture war issues related to race and gender. His term as governor was marked by his rejection of pandemic-related health restrictions, the passage of legislation restricting discussion of LGBTQ issues in schools, and a feud with Walt Disney over the law. .
Musk urged Americans to elect a Republican Congress in the US midterm elections earlier this month to counterbalance Biden’s Democrats. However, Democrats defied Republican hopes of a “red wave” in the midterm elections and retained control of the Senate while Republicans won a narrow majority in the House. institute.


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