Tech billionaire Elon Musk has suggested in recent weeks that he intends to vote for Republican candidates in future elections, and now he has indicated which Republican candidate for president he would prefer in 2024.
Asked in a thread of reply tweets who he was “leaning towards” to be the next president, Musk replied, “DeSantis,” as in Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Politico reported.
DeSantis has repeatedly downplayed talk of a 2024 run and has insisted that he is solely focused on winning re-election as governor this year, but polls consistently show that he is the first or second choice for most Republican voters and he has raised far more campaign funds than are necessary for Florida’s gubernatorial race.
Musk voted GOP for the first time
It all began Wednesday when Musk announced in a tweet that he had voted for the Republican candidate for the first time as part of a special election in Texas.
That Republican was Mayra Flores, who flipped the long-held Democratic Texas 34th District from blue to red and will become the first Mexican-born woman to serve in Congress.
“I voted for Mayra Flores — first time I ever voted Republican. Massive red wave in 2022,” Musk tweeted in reply to an article about Flores’ stunning upset victory in what used to be a Democratic stronghold along the southern border.
Musk names his preferred candidate
In response to that message from Musk, a user going by the handle of Tesla Owners Silicon Valley asked if it could be assumed that Musk would also vote for a Republican for president as well, to which Musk replied “tbd,” or “to be determined.”
Pressed as to who he might be “leaning towards,” the tech billionaire simply replied, “DeSantis.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2022
Musk’s support for DeSantis is “welcome”
The Hill reported that Gov. DeSantis was asked later in the day Wednesday for his reaction to the news that he apparently had the support of Musk for a 2024 White House bid.
“I’m focused on 2022,” DeSantis replied, as he typically does when asked about 2024, but added jokingly, “But with Elon Musk, what I would say is, I welcome support from African Americans, what can I say?”
Musk was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, before immigrating to the United States, and technically is an “African American” — a distinction that identity-focused leftists hate to acknowledge and become incensed when reminded of it by non-leftists