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


Earlier, in June, Musk had said he was leaning towards backing DeSantis for president in 2024.

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Billionaire Elon Musk on Friday said he would support Ron DeSantis in 2024 if the Florida governor, who has just entered his second term, runs 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 highly appreciated DeSantis, who is seen as a potential opponent of former president Donald Trump in the field of 2024 Republican presidential candidate. Trump announced 10 days ago that he would re-election in 2024.

“My preference for the 2024 presidency is a sensible and moderate one. I was hoping it would happen with the Biden administration, but so far I’ve been disappointed,” Musk wrote 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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