August 18, 2022

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a rising star in Republican politics, has obtained a whole lot of buzz as a possible presidential candidate in 2024 although he’s remained noncommittal to a run. That didn’t cease him from netting an endorsement from the world’s richest man: Elon Musk. 

Requested concerning the endorsement on Wednesday, DeSantis’ response was crisp: “I welcome assist from African People. What can I say?”

It didn’t take lengthy for the controversy to take off after DeSantis’ comment. Musk, who was born to white dad and mom in South Africa in 1971 throughout apartheid, is from Africa, technically talking.

However many Democrats, Twitter customers and different commentators took difficulty with the remark given the governor’s file on racial and social justice points throughout his time period. 

Florida state consultant Angie Nixon criticized the remark and pointed to DeSantis insurance policies that she mentioned actively disadvantages Black People. This contains DeSantis’ push to gerrymander a primarily-Black voting district in Orlando, in addition to his embrace of “insurance policies that assault Black People and their communities.”

Feedback got here from a large spectrum of Twitter customers. “Trolling racism when he overtly courts racists is when you recognize he feels untouchable,” former MLB participant Preston Wilson tweeted. 

Different customers contrasted the governor unfavorably to former President Donald Trump, who has drawn his personal volleys of criticism for feedback deemed racially insensitive. One person described DeSantis as a “Trump puppet” and instructed he tries to “faux to be Trump.”

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“It’s embarrassing how laborious this dude is attempting to be Trump in each single method,” another Twitter user said. “He even does the identical hand actions and mannerisms as Trump,” wrote one other person.

DeSantis has been coy about saying whether or not he would mount a run for the White Home, no matter Trump’s presence in a main, and the previous president is reportedly sad about it. Trump and a few of his aides like long-time affiliate Roger Stone have immediately and obliquely criticized DeSantis.

In accordance with a report by Axios in March, Trump dismissed the governor as “boring” with “no private charisma” to downplay his prospects as a rival. On the identical time, it was reported Trump has been aggravated that DeSantis has not publicly dedicated to or declined to run in 2024. 

DeSantis has made clear that his major focus is re-election to the governorship in November, however operatives and donors have taken steps that give the looks that he’s getting ready for a run. In a number of straw polls at Republican gatherings, DeSantis has bested Trump on multiple event.

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