Elon Musk has said he would support Donald Trump’s arch-rival Ron DeSantis in 2024 if the Florida governor were to run for president.
“Yes,” Musk said in a tweet when asked if he would support DeSantis in 2024, after suggesting he had not found his ideal candidate among Democrats.
“My preference for the 2024 presidency is a sane and centered person. I had hoped that would be the case for the Biden administration, but have been disappointed so far,” Musk tweeted.
The contractor’s remarks are the clearest sign of his political support after he indicated in June of this year that he was still considering his Republican preference for president but was “leaning toward” DeSantis.
The move could prove to be a boost for DeSantis in what Republicans expect will be a close battle between Trump and DeSantis for the presidential nominations, with some predicting “a lot of blood on the floor” in a fight between the two. Florida’s governor won a landslide in this month’s midterm elections, while Trump was criticized for Republicans’ failure to deliver the much-promised “red wave” following the defeat of key candidates he supported.
Musk also said Friday night that he was “fine with Trump not tweeting” after having his account reinstated last weekend. “The important thing is that Twitter is correcting a grave mistake by banning his account, despite no violation of the law or the terms of service. The deplatforming of a sitting president undermined public trust in Twitter in half of America.”
Twitter banned Trump after the attack on January 6 last year, saying his posts were “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to repeat the criminal acts that took place at the US Capitol”. Trump was also banned from Facebook, Instagram and YouTube after the riot.
Musk’s tenure at Twitter has been turbulent, with the owner admitting Twitter has suffered a “massive” drop in ad revenue amid concerns about his plans to moderate content on the platform, including the fate of banned accounts.
He has told Twitter staff that “roughly half” of the platform’s revenue must come from subscriptions to “survive the coming economic downturn”. According to Twitter’s last set of annual results, advertising accounted for 90% of its $5.1 billion. USD in revenue.