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(Photo by Elon Musk taken on August 29, 2022)
UNITED STATES – He may have unblocked his Twitter account, but that does not mean that Elon Musk supports Donald Trump. The new and decried boss of the social network has lifted the veil on the identity of the candidate he intends to support for the American presidential election in 2024.
On Friday, November 25, while chatting with Internet users on his platform, the billionaire confirmed that he would support Ron De Santis in the Republican primary for the race for the White House. This, therefore, to the detriment of the former president and declared candidate for ten days. He had already been dropped the day after the midterms by several conservative media in favor of the same DeSantis.
” Would you support Ron DeSantis in 2024, Elon? “Asked a Republican Internet user to Elon Musk. ” Yes “Simply replies the businessman.
@ProudElephantUS @TimRunsHisMouth Yes
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
A choice that is not so much motivated by conviction, as by disillusionment visibly. In other tweets, he recalls that he supported ” high and loud » the Obama-Biden presidency and has « voted (reluctantly) for Biden against Trump”. But for the next election, he does not intend to make the same choice again. “My preference for 2024 would go to a reasonable and centrist personality. I hoped that would be the case with the Biden administration but so far I have been disappointed”.
Repair a ” big mistake »
The fact that Elon Musk reactivated Donald Trump’s account six days ago had however made people think that he intended to support him for 2024. The Twitter boss returned to this point, recalling that “freedom of expression is the rock on which we build a strong democracy and it must come first”. For him, “banning a sitting president (Donald Trump was still in office during the January 6, 2021 riot, editor’s note) undermined the trust placed in Twitter by half of America”.
Thus, by bringing the former president back to the platform, Elon Musk judges that he has corrected ” the serious mistake made” by his predecessor, since he had not “broken the law nor broke the rules” from Twitter.
@TimRunsHisMouth I’m fine with Trump not tweeting. The important thing is that Twitter correct a grave mistake in b… https://t.co/xS6jzHfN2W
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
The former American president had been suspended from the platform since January 2021 and the assault on Capitol Hill. He had taken legal action to have his account unblocked, to no avail.
After a week, however, Donald Trump has still not tweeted, seeming to remain faithful to his promise to remain only on his own Truth Media social network. Thing that does not don’t bother “Elon Musk, assures the latter.
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