During a Friday evening exchange with Internet users of his new acquisition, Twitter, businessman Elon Musk confirmed that he preferred to see Florida Governor Ron DeSantis take the Republican campaign to the White House in 2024. And this, rather than Donald Trump. However, it would be support by default: the controversial billionaire indeed assures despair of a “reasonable and centrist” candidacy for the White House.
“Yes”. Asked about the identity of the future Republican contender for the US presidential election in 2024, it is with this laconic comment that the businessman, Elon Musk, confirmed that his preference was for the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis.
This confession fell on Friday evening, during an exchange with Internet users on Twitter, a social network that the founder of SpaceX has just bought. However, he said that this would be a default support, the billionaire regretting not finding a shoe to his foot among the Democrats.
Reintegration but no support
This satisfaction granted to Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump’s great rival and at this stage the only one able to block his way to a new Republican nomination for the White House, may surprise.
Indeed, barely a week ago, Elon Musk reinstated Donald Trump on Twitter. The latter had been excluded since January 6, 2021, and the benevolence displayed by the 45th President of the United States with regard to the invasion of the Capitol by some of his most vehement supporters.
Elon Musk has also justified himself on this point: “Freedom of expression is the rock on which we build a strong democracy and it must come first”. Banning a sitting president (despite his defeat against Joe Biden in November 2020, Donald Trump was still in office during the riot of January 6, 2021 pending the handover, editor’s note) undermined the confidence placed in Twitter by half of America,” he said.
And little does he care about the silence of Donald Trump, who still has not tweeted a week after his account returned to favor: “That Trump does not tweet does not bother me. The important thing is that Twitter corrects the serious mistake made by banishing him, without breaking the law or violating our rules”.
The ‘disappointed’ Democrat and rising Republican star
Faced with his apparent lack of enthusiasm for Donald Trump, a tweetos wanted to know if he favored the hypothesis Ron DeSantis, rising star of the Republican Party and who emerged strengthened from the midterms with his triumphant re-election in his term as governor of Florida. It was then that Elon Musk soberly retorted “yes”.
A response that closes a reflection undertaken much earlier, as noted here by the British daily The Guardian on its website. Last June, Elon Musk said he was still hesitant about his preference for 2024, indicating however that he “leaned” for Ron DeSantis.
However, Elon Musk insisted on presenting himself as a disillusioned Democratic sympathizer. “A reminder shot: I loudly supported the Obama-Biden presidency and I voted (reluctantly) for Biden against Trump”, he introduced on Friday, lamenting again: “My preference for 2024 would go to a reasonable, centrist personality. I had hoped the Biden administration would be, but so far I’ve been disappointed.”
Bleeding in the Trump camp
Since the midterms, which have often seen the Republican candidates most closely associated with him lose in key states, Donald Trump has had his friends and allies. And the calculation is getting faster and faster.
As criticism erupts from within Republicans themselves, the conservative tabloid New York Post now mocks him on the front page, explicitly anticipating a possible Ron DeSantis campaign. And Fox News, the audiovisual group which until now was completely devoted to him, now offers regular forums to his detractors. Obviously, it is not Elon Musk who will help him stop the bleeding.