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Elon Musk says he’s ‘undecided’ on whether or not he would support former President Donald Trump in a 2024 presidential bid after he previously indicated that he would back Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder was pressed on the issue when he was interviewed virtually on Tuesday by Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait at Bloomberg’s Qatar Economic Forum in Doha.
Musk initially dodged the question but when asked again directly if he would support Trump, he responded: ‘I think I’m undecided at this point on that election.’
The billionaire has described himself as a moderate in recent years but has shown a shift to conservatism in recent months. His political allegiance was became more clear in a barrage of tweets last week where he indicated his support for DeSantis.
However, in the Bloomberg interview Tuesday, Musk was asked to elaborate on his tweet about potentially creating a ‘Super Moderate Super PAC’ that supports political candidates with centrist views.
Musk at first said he would invest ‘non-trivial amount’ and when pressed for a specific amount, he said would be willing to spend ‘$20 million or $25 million’ if he decides to move forward with the idea.
Elon Musk says he’s ‘undecided’ on whether he would support Trump in a 2024 presidential bid after he previously indicated that he would back Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Speaking at a conference in Madeira Beach last week, Ron DeSantis commented on news of Musk’s potential support with a joke that lampooned the billionaire’s South African heritage
Musk last Tuesday revealed that he had voted Republican for the first time, casting a ballot for new Texas Congresswoman Maya Flores.
The world’s richest man went on to tout the win as a victory, while predicting a massive red wave in the upcoming November midterm elections.
‘I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican,’ Musk wrote.
The mogul added: ‘Massive red wave in 2022.’
Then, when asked who he is leaning toward supporting in 2024, the tech billionaire responded simply: ‘DeSantis.’
Musk was also asked what he thought of Andrew Yang, who ran in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. He said: ‘I supported Yang last time, but DeSantis has a better chance of winning.’
Musk began his social media spiel by revealing he voted red for the first time ever last Tuesday, celebrating the win of new Texas Congresswoman Maya Flores (pictured)
Musk announced last week that he was leaning toward DeSantis as a potential president, after being asked about his preferences concerning the next head of state
Speaking at a conference in Madeira Beach Wednesday, DeSantis commented on news of Musk’s potential support with a joke that played off the billionaire’s South African heritage.
‘I’m focused on 2022, but I welcome support from African Americans,’ the conservative quipped to a reporter.
The well-timed remark drew laughs from the crowd, and added fuel to the fervor surrounding DeSantis’ rumored presidential aspirations.
Musk, who has described himself as a moderate in recent years but has showed a shift to conservatism in recent months, made his political allegiance clear in a barrage of tweets last week, where he revealed he had voted Republican for the first time on Tuesday
Musk was also asked what he thought of Andrew Yang, who ran in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries. He said: ‘I supported Yang last time, but DeSantis has a better chance of winning’
The unexpected endorsement came as DeSantis has continued to emerge as a central figure in the ongoing culture wars between the woke Left and those with other political ideologies.
A conservative known for his anti-woke political policies, DeSantis has yet to announce a White House bid for 2024, but is widely believed to be mulling one over.
He came under fire earlier this year for signing parental rights bill into law that barred public schools from teaching topics pertaining to gender identity and sexual orientation to kids under 10 – which the Left dubbed the ‘Don’t Say Gay Bill.’
Meanwhile, Musk, a staunch libertarian and businessman who has saw his wealth swell during the pandemic, has demonstrated a shift towards the political right, after previously being heralded by progressives as a new, more hip breed of businessman.
Former President Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis at a campaign rally in 2018. Musk indicated he would back DeSantis if the Florida governor ran in 2024 and said he was ‘undecided’ about support of Trump
Musk’s changing political views were thrust into the limelight in April, after he announced his intention to purchase a majority stake in Twitter for an astounding $44 billion.
His offer to buy Twitter for $54.20 per share was made public on April 14.
On Tuesday, Twitter’s board has recommended unanimously that shareholders approve the proposed $44 billion sale of the company, according to a regulatory filing.
Musk reiterated his desire to move forward with the acquisition last week during a virtual meeting with Twitter employees, though shares of Twitter remain far below his offering price, signaling considerable doubt that it will happen.
Shares rose about 3% to $38.98 before the opening bell Tuesday, far short of the $54.20 per-share that Musk has offered for each share. The company’s stock last reached that level on April 5 when it offered Musk a seat on the board before he had offered to buy all of Twitter.
In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission detailing on Tuesday detailing a litter to investors, Twitter’s board of directors said that it ‘unanimously recommends that you vote (for) the adoption of the merger agreement.’
If the deal were to close now, investors in the company would pocket a profit of $15.22 for each share they own.
Musk reiterated his desire to move forward with the acquisition last week during a virtual meeting with Twitter employees, though shares of Twitter remain far below his offering price
Many Democrats and liberals are concerned that Musk’s vision for Twitter will allow for the spread of more misinformation on the platform.
Meanwhile, GOP politicians and those that are more right-leaning have hailed his potential takeover as a victory for free speech.
Some Republican figures are hopeful that they may see GOP accounts reinstated on the platform, having been previously banned – particularly that of President Donald Trump.
However, those hopes were stifled when Musk announced that his takeover had been put on hold week later, citing concerns over fake accounts on Twitter.
Musk then shocked the world further when he announced would be switching political allegiances and vote for the Republican party in the next election due to liberal bias at the San Francisco company.
Speaking via video link at a tech summit in Miami, Florida in May, hosted by the All-In podcast, Musk confirmed he would be changing his vote.
‘The reality is that Twitter at this point, you know, has a very far left bias,’ Musk told attendees. ‘I would classify myself as a moderate, neither Republican nor Democrat.’
Musk went on to assert that he has ‘overwhelmingly’ voted for Democrats in the past.
‘I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically. Like I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear,’ Musk said. He then declared: ‘Now this election I will.’
Speaking via video link at a tech summit in Miami in May (pictured), hosted by the All-In podcast, Musk confirmed he would be changing his vote from Democrat to Republican
Insider reported that he did not clarify whether he meant he would vote for the eventual Republican candidate during the 2024 presidential election, or for a GOP candidate in the up-coming November mid-terms.
Musk, the top executive at Tesla and founder of SpaceX, has a net worth of more nearly $209billion – $86billion than the world’s next richest man, Jeff Bezos.
For a man so wealthy, Musk’s history of political donations in DeSantis’ Florida is somewhat sparse – not to mention bipartisan.
In 2014, he donated identical $2,500 sums to each of the men running for governor that year: Democrat Charlie Crist and then-GOP Gov. Rick Scott.
In 2010, he gave Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz $1,000 in 2010.
In 2006, Musk donated at least $5,000 to Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson, also of Florida.
He’s also given Republican Senator Marco Rubio at least $15,200 through the years.