The wealthy Elon Musk said on Friday that if Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who just cruised to a second term, decided to run for president in 2024, he would have his support.
With his victory against Charlie Crist, a Democrat, earlier this month, DeSantis solidified his position as the leading rising star in the Republican Party. Crist had been up for reelection as governor of Florida.
DeSantis has been receiving high praise from political analysts, who view him as a possible Republican rival to Trump in the 2024 election. Trump declared his intention to run for office once again in 2024 ten days ago.
“A decent, center-of-the-road candidate has my vote for president in 2024.” “However, I have been let down so far by the Biden administration, contrary to my hopes,” Musk said on Twitter.
When asked whether he would back DeSantis in 2024, he responded with the word “yes” in a tweet.
As a recall, the Twitter user added, “I reluctantly did vote for Biden over Trump and was a strong fan of the Obama-Biden administration.”
Musk had earlier said, in the month of June, that he was leaning toward endorsing DeSantis for president in 2024, and he added that the Florida governor would easily beat Biden in the race.
DeSantis made light of the question regarding Musk’s backing at the time by saying, “I accept support from African-Americans; what can I say?”
Musk, a white man, was raised in South Africa.
Because he has led the charge on racial and gender-related culture war issues, DeSantis is particularly well-liked among conservatives.
His disagreement with health rules for virus outbreaks, the passing of a bill that makes it harder for schools to talk about LGBTQ issues, and a fight with Walt Disney over the law are all things that stand out about his time as governor.
In order to balance out Biden’s Democrats, Musk pushed voters to elect a Republican Congress in the midterm elections earlier this month.
The Republicans had hoped for a “red wave” in the midterm elections, but the Democrats defied them and kept control of the Senate, while the Republicans only managed to win a slim majority in the House of Representatives.
With inputs from Reuters & NBC News