Elon Musk is down with GOP star Ron DeSantis becoming the next U.S. president.The mercurial billionaire tweeted his support for the Florida governor on Friday night, replying with yes when a Twitter user asked if hed support a DeSantis run for the White House.

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, wrote the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, who now owns Twitter after his $44 billion takeover last month.

He added, As a reminder, I was a significant supporter of the Obama-Biden presidency and (reluctantly) voted for Biden over Trump.


DeSantis has not announced a White House bid, but speculation has been rife. He easily defeated Democrat Charlie Crist in the midterms, securing his second term as governor.

Like Musk, DeSantis has consistently spoken out against the woke agenda. In his victory speech this month, he said, We fight the woke in the legislature. We fight the woke in the schools. We fight the woke in the corporations. We will never, ever surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die. I have only begun to fight.

Musk has made similar attacks. He tweeted in April that the woke mind virus is making Netflix unwatchable. And this month, Musk reinstated the Twitter account of the satire site Babylon Bee, which had been locked over the misgendering of Rachel Levine, the U.S. assistant secretary of health and a trans woman. (His ex-wife, Talulah Riley, had urged him to do something to fight woke-ism and was especially concerned about the suspension of the Babylon Bee account, asking, Why has everyone become so puritanical?)

Musk also brought back the account of Donald Trump. In January last year, days after the Capitol riot, Twitter permanently banned Trump due to the risk of further incitement of violence.

Musk repeatedly criticized the companys move, along with its content moderation policies in general. He promptly fired Twitters top leaders upon taking over the company.

Trump, who announced after the midterms that hell run again in 2024, will no doubt bristle over Musks support for DeSantis. The ex-president supported DeSantis 2018 bid for governor, but the relationship between the GOP leaders has cooled as DeSantis has become ever more popular among conservative voters. 

Trump on Nov. 10 accused DeSantis of lacking loyalty and class, and he rolled out the nickname Ron DeSanctimonious at a rally in Pennsylvania. He also warned that if DeSantis ran, hed reveal things about him that wont be very flatteringI know more about him than anybodyother than, perhaps, his wife.

Whether hed reveal such things on Twitter remains a question. Trump has indicated hell stick with his own social media site Truth Social (an app developed by Trump Media & Technology Group) despite Musk reinstating his Twitter account. Musk has made raunchy jokes about Trump being tempted to tweet again, while Trump responded to his reinstatement by saying that Twitter as a company might not make it.

Musk yesterday again criticized the original decision to ban Trumps Twitter account, writing, 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.

But, he added, Im fine with Trump not tweeting.  

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