Gov. Ron DeSantis says he ‘welcomes support from African Americans’ after Elon Musk endorsement


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has offered a response to outspoken admirer Elon Musk, after the Tesla CEO said he would support the conservative in a prospective presidential run.

Speaking at a conference in Madeira Beach Wednesday, DeSantis commented on news of Musk’s potential support with a joke that played off the billionaire’s South African heritage.

‘I’m focused on 2022, but I welcome support from African Americans,’ the conservative quipped to a reporter. 

The well-timed remark drew laughs from the crowd, and added fuel to the fervor surrounding DeSantis’ rumored presidential aspirations. 

Speaking at a conference in Madeira Beach Wednesday, Ron DeSantis commented on news of Musk’s potential support with a joke that lampooned the billionaire’s South African heritage

Hours before, Musk had announced he was leaning toward DeSantis as a potential president, after being asked about his preferences concerning who the next head of state should be.

Musk, who has described himself as a moderate in recent years but has showed a shift to conservatism in recent months, made his political allegiance clear in a barrage of Tweets early Wednesday. 

Musk began his social media spiel by revealing he voted red for the first time ever Tuesday, casting a ballot for new Texas Congresswoman Maya Flores.

The world’s richest man went on to tout the win as a victory, while predicting a massive red wave in the upcoming November midterm elections.

‘I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican,’ Musk wrote. 

The mogul added: ‘Massive red wave in 2022.’ 

Then, when asked who he is leaning toward supporting in 2024, the tech billionaire responded simply: ‘DeSantis.’

Musk was also asked what he thought of Andrew Yang, who ran in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. He said: ‘I supported Yang last time, but DeSantis has a better chance of winning.’ 

A follower also asked: ‘Is this the first time that has happened… where you’re receiving massive amounts of hate by the top Democrat leaders?’ 

The Tesla CEO responded ‘yes’. 

Hours before, Elon Musk had announced he was leaning toward DeSantis as a potential president, after being asked about his preferences concerning the next head of state

Hours before, Elon Musk had announced he was leaning toward DeSantis as a potential president, after being asked about his preferences concerning the next head of state

Musk, who has described himself as a moderate in recent years but has showed a shift to conservatism in recent months, made his political allegiance clear in a barrage of Tweets early Wednesday, where he revealed he had voted Republican for the first time on Tuesday

Musk, who has described himself as a moderate in recent years but has showed a shift to conservatism in recent months, made his political allegiance clear in a barrage of Tweets early Wednesday, where he revealed he had voted Republican for the first time on Tuesday

The unexpected endorsement came as DeSantis has continued to emerge as a central figure in the ongoing culture wars between the woke Left and those with other political ideologies.

A conservative known for his anti-woke political policies, DeSantis has yet to announce a White House bid for 2024, but is widely believed to be mulling one over. 

He came under fire earlier this year for signing parental rights bill into law that barred public schools from teaching topics pertaining to gender identity and sexual orientation to kids under 10 – which the Left dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay Bill.’

Meanwhile, Musk, a staunch libertarian and businessman who has saw his wealth swell during the pandemic, has demonstrated a shift towards the political right, after previously being heralded by progressives as a new, more hip breed of businessman.

Musk was also asked what he thought of Andrew Yang, who ran in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. He said: 'I supported Yang last time, but DeSantis has a better chance of winning'

Musk was also asked what he thought of Andrew Yang, who ran in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. He said: ‘I supported Yang last time, but DeSantis has a better chance of winning’ 

On Wednesday, Musk, has a history of backing both Democrats and Republicans, tweeted: ‘I’m thinking of creating a “Super Moderate Super PAC” that supports candidates with centrist views from all parties.’

Musk’s changing political views were thrust into the limelight in April, after he announced his intention to purchase a majority stake in Twitter for an astounding $44 billion.

His offer to buy Twitter for $54.20 per share was made public on April 14. 

He has since said the deal is on hold, arguing – without presenting evidence – that there are too many automated accounts for the deal to move ahead.

By the end of the month, Musk hinted his political sentiment had shifted rightward over the past 14 years, by posting a meme showing a moderate liberal driven into the arms of conservatives.

The image depicted a stick figure labeled ‘me’ remaining stationary relative to another labeled ‘conservative’, as the figure at the ‘liberal’ end of the spectrum moves further and further to the left.

It comes as Musk has faced heat for publicly backing newly elected congresswoman Mayra Flores (pictured), a Republican in Texas with a history of promoting QAnon - while asserting that his political beliefs are 'moderate'

Musk began his social media spiel by revealing he voted red for the first time ever Tuesday, celebrating the win of new Texas Congresswoman Maya Flores (pictured)

By the final diagram, labeled 2021, the ‘me’ figure is to the right of the center line – as the conservative chuckles and the liberal – now labeled ‘woke progressive’ – accuses the centrist of bigotry.

Many Democrats and liberals are concerned that Musk’s vision for Twitter will allow for the spread of more misinformation on the platform.

Meanwhile, GOP politicians and those that are more right-leaning have hailed his potential takeover as a victory for free speech.

Some Republican figures are hopeful that they may see GOP accounts reinstated on the platform, having been previously banned – particularly that of President Donald Trump.

However, those hopes were stifled when Musk announced that his takeover had been put on hold week later, citing concerns over fake accounts on Twitter. 

Musk then shocked the world further when he announced would be switching political allegiances and vote for the Republican party in the next election due to liberal bias at the San Francisco company.

Speaking via video link at a tech summit in Miami, Florida in May, hosted by the All-In podcast, Musk confirmed he would be changing his vote.

‘The reality is that Twitter at this point, you know, has a very far left bias,’ Musk told attendees. ‘I would classify myself as a moderate, neither Republican nor Democrat.’

Musk went on to assert that he has  ‘overwhelmingly’ voted for Democrats in the past. 

‘I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically. Like I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear,’ Musk said.  

He then declared: ‘Now this election I will.’ 

Speaking via video link at a tech summit in Miami in May (pictured), hosted by the All-In podcast, Musk confirmed he would be changing his vote from Democrat to Republican

Speaking via video link at a tech summit in Miami in May (pictured), hosted by the All-In podcast, Musk confirmed he would be changing his vote from Democrat to Republican 

Insider reported that he did not clarify whether he meant he would vote for the eventual Republican candidate during the 2024 presidential election, or for a GOP candidate in the up-coming November mid-terms.

Musk, the top executive at Tesla and founder of SpaceX, has a net worth of more nearly $209billion – $86billion than the world’s next richest man, Jeff Bezos.

For a man so wealthy, Musk’s history of political donations in DeSantis’ Florida is somewhat sparse – not to mention bipartisan.  

In 2014, he donated identical $2,500 sums to each of the men running for governor that year: Democrat Charlie Crist and then-GOP Gov. Rick Scott.

In 2010, he gave Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz $1,000 in 2010. 

In 2006, Musk donated at least $5,000 to Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson, also of Florida. 

He’s also given Republican Senator Marco Rubio at least $15,200 through the years.

Meanwhile, Musk has seemed to take a liking to DeSantis – an increasingly popular political figure who has been compared to former President Trump due to no-nonsense policies, but without the legal and political baggage synonymous with the outspoken New Yorker. 

Last year, Musk tweeted that he had spoken with DeSantis about digging tunnels under Miami to help improve traffic gridlock.

DeSantis, meanwhile, has expressed support for Musk’s Twitter bid.

In April, he called the pending transaction ‘a good deal for shareholders’ and saying it ‘raises the prospect that the platform will be a place where free speech can thrive, not a tool for narrative enforcement.’ 

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