Elon Musk just revealed that he would be in favor of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) becoming the next president of the United States.
The revelation came on Friday during an exchange that took place on Twitter.
The user Proud Elephant asked Musk, “would you support Ron DeSantis in 2024, Elon?” to which Musk simply replied, “Yes.”
“But, Twitter, as a platform, must be fair to all,” Musk hastened to add in a subsequent tweet.
“My preference for the 2020 presidency is . . .”
The exchange that led to this revelation from Musk began with Tim Young remarking, “It’s been a week since @elonmusk brought Trump back… and without him even tweeting once… The left can’t handle it.” Young, here, included a link to an article backing up his point.
In case you missed it, Musk reinstated Trump’s Twitter account – which had been banned following the Capitol protests of Jan. 6, 2021 – about a week ago. Trump, however, has yet to post anything, making it clear that he intends to continue using his own social media platform, Truth Social.
Musk replied to Young with three tweets. In the first, Musk wrote:
I’m fine with Trump not tweeting. The important thing is that Twitter correct a grave mistake in banning his account, despite no violation of the law or terms of service. Deplatforming a sitting President undermined public trust in Twitter for half of America.
Musk, at this point, felt the need to remind onlookers that he “was a significant supporter of the Obama-Biden presidency and (reluctantly) voted for Biden over Trump.”
Then, Musk, in the third tweet, added:
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.
Trump v. DeSantis
For many, on both the left and the right, it is somewhat surprising that DeSantis meets Musk’s 2024 criteria of “sensible and centrist.” But, Musk didn’t provide a further explanation.
As of yet, DeSantis has yet to announce whether or not he will seek the presidency in 2024. The general consensus, though, is that he will, setting up a matchup atop the Republican Party between him and Trump, who has announced his 2024 candidacy.
If current polls have any value, Trump is going to win that matchup easily in the 2024 Republican Primary. If this does happen, the question will be whether the likes of Musk vote for Trump or the Democratic candidate. This might end up being the question upon which the outcome of the 2024 presidential election hangs.