Tesla Billionaire and Transhumanist Elon Musk is leaning towards voting for Florida’s popular Conservative governor, Ron DeSantis, for president in 2024, he said Wednesday on Twitter.
DeSantis, who has not officially declared he is running for president, is considered a likely front-runner in the party should he run.
Musk’s disclosure came in response to another Twitter account called Tesla Owners Silicon Valley. The conversation began after Musk replied to a tweet from news outlet The Texan declaring Republican Mayra Flores’ victory in a special election for Texas’ 34th Congressional District, flipping a seat long held by Democrats.
“I voted for Mayra Flores – the first time I ever voted Republican,” Musk tweeted in response to the news outlet’s post. In 2020, Musk moved to Texas and later relocated Tesla’s headquarters from California, citing the crushing regulatory environment. “Massive red wave in 2022,” he tweeted.
The Tesla Owners Silicon Valley account asked Musk if he would vote Republican for president, to which Musk replied, “tbd.” The account then asked what direction he was leaning toward, to which Musk responded with one word: “DeSantis.”
Asked about Musk’s tweet at a press conference on Wednesday, DeSantis said, “I’m focused on 2022, but with Elon Musk what I would say is, you know, I welcome support from African-Americans. What can I say?” Musk is originally from South Africa.
Last month, Musk said he would vote for Republicans in the upcoming elections though he said he’s voted for Democrats in the past, including former President Barack Obama.
Musk said he previously voted for Democrats “because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.”