Elon Musk said on Twitter yesterday that he is leaning toward Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The Florida governor responded rather oddly to Musk’s support and his continent of birth when joking with reporters, saying
With Elon Musk, what I would say is, you know, I welcome support from African Americans, what can I say?”
But when Musk was born in 1971, White supremacy prevailed in South Africa under the government’s apartheid regime and the racial wealth gap in the country remains.
Musk’s support for DeSantis came in a series of tweets at about 3:30 AM. The billionaire also said he’d voted Republican for the first time in a special election for a Texas House seat.
DeSantis has staked out a claim as the GOP’s new answer to Trumpism. He’s rightly hated by many Democrats and the LGBTQ community for his Don’t say Gay bill, among other things.
Musk supported Democrat Andrew Yang for president in 2020, also backed billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso for mayor of LA earlier this month.
He tweeted last month that while he voted for Democrats in the past, he will now vote Republican because Democrats
have become the party of division and hate, so I can no longer support them.”
Musk has also increased his criticisms of the Biden administration, alleging that Biden is too beholden to labor and that Democrats stymie business efforts.
I supported Yang last time, but DeSantis has a better chance of winning— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2022
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