August 8, 2022

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been vocal for the final 12 months about how his political beliefs have been evolving from a largely center of the highway voter to at least one inclined in direction of the Republican Celebration. 

Now, Musk has teased that he already has a Republican in thoughts for the 2024 presidential election; Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

On Wednesday, Musk introduced that he forged his first vote for a Republican candidate for Congress by backing Texas congressional candidate Mayra Flores, who got here out on high in a district historically held by Democrats. After making his announcement, Musk predicted Flores’ win heralded a “large crimson wave” for the November midterm elections, as reported by the New York Put up.

Quickly after, Musk was requested by a Twitter person if he felt this prediction carried over to the 2024 presidential election to which Musk initially demurred. Questioned on if he not less than had a candidate in thoughts, Musk responded merely with “DeSantis.” 

The Florida governor has been one thing of a rising star throughout the Republican Celebration, an aggressive wager of tradition wars and a fervent opponent of Democratic President Joe Biden. He has routinely scored nicely in lots of straw polls as a 2024 contender, even beating former President Donald Trump in some surveys.

For his half, DeSantis has not overtly dedicated to operating for president however he has not dominated it out both. Nonetheless, political operatives and donors alike have been quietly making ready for the likelihood that the governor will make a bid for the White Home.

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Musk’s drift in direction of the Republican Celebration follows his mounting public criticisms of the Democratic Celebration. 

In Musk’s telling, the Democratic Celebration has grown into a celebration of “division & hate.” He has lampooned its financial insurance policies as nicely, arguing that the occasion was managed by unions and he was dismissive of its quest to tax billionaires like himself. Final 12 months, Musk prominently jousted and ridiculed Democratic senators on-line amid negotiations over President Biden’s stalled Construct Again Higher agenda. 

Musk has additionally been crucial of Biden, who he stated final month has did not get a lot “finished.” There might also be one thing of a private animus as nicely – Musk has often groused concerning the president’s refusal to acknowledge Tesla in favor of legacy automakers when touting advances in electrical automobile manufacturing. 

To make certain, Musk has additionally made clear that he leans nearer to average politicians and he has touted his assist for former President Barack Obama throughout his re-election bid in 2012. 

Through the alternate the place Musk stated he might again DeSantis in 2024, he was additionally requested if he would proceed to evenly donate to members of each events. Musk stated that will additionally stay unchanged.

“I’m considering of making a ‘Tremendous Average Tremendous PAC’ that helps candidates with centrist views from all events,” Musk wrote on Twitter.

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