Elon Musk confirms he’ll support Ron DeSantis if Florida governor runs for president in 2024, as he teases ‘ePhone’ in event of woke mob getting Apple and Google’s app stores to ban Twitter
- Elon Musk confirmed that he would be supporting Ron DeSantis for president should the popular Florida governor seek office in 2024
- The world’s richest man admitted that while he supported Biden before, he now wants ‘someone sensible and centrist’ for president in 2024
- It’s the latest endorsement for DeSantis, who has risen as a GOP star through his support of parents’ rights and easily won re-election in November
- Musk also teased on Friday that he would build an alternative phone for consumers if Apple and Google drop Twitter from their app stores
Responding to a Twitter thread on Friday asking if he would support DeSantis, the world’s richest man simply replied, ‘Yes.’
Musk said that while he was a supporter of the Obama-Biden administration, he admitted that he only ‘reluctantly voted for Biden over Trump,’ in 2020.
‘My preference for the 2024 presidency is someone sensible and centrist,’ Musk added. ‘I had hoped that would [be] the case for the Biden administration, but have been disappointed so far.’
The endorsement from Musk comes a day after top Florida Republicans looked poised to change a law that would allow DeSantis to remain governor even if the GOP star launches a presidential bid.
While backing DeSantis on Friday, Musk also said he would launch a new smartphone if a woke mob convinces Apple and Google to drop Twitter from their app stores.
Elon Musk confirmed that he would be supporting Ron DeSantis for president should the popular Florida governor seek office in 2024
Musk was responding to a tweet directly asking for his thoughts on DeSantis
The world’s richest man said that while he supported Biden before, he now wants ‘someone sensible and centrist’ for president in 2024
It’s the latest endorsement for DeSantis (above), who has risen as a GOP star through his support of parents’ rights and easily won re-election in November
On Friday evening, conservative commentator Liz Wheeler tweeted: ‘If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone. Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android.
‘The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?’
Musk replied: ‘I certainly hope it does not come to that,’ Musk replied, ‘but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.’
The questions was poised following a New York Times op-ed piece from Yoel Roth, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter who made a surprising resignation earlier this month.
In the piece, Roth warned that Musk’s goal to create an absolute, free speech platform could ultimately be hindered by Apple and Google, who might kick Twitter off their app stores over safety concerns.
‘Failure to adhere to Apple’s and Google’s guidelines would be catastrophic, risking Twitter’s expulsion from their app stores and making it more difficult for billions of potential users to get Twitter’s services,’ Roth wrote.
‘This gives Apple and Google enormous power to shape the decisions Twitter makes.’
Speculations over Twitter’s future on the platforms rose after Phil Schiller, an Apple fellow who leads its app store, recently deleted his account.
Musk also teased on Friday that he would build an alternative phone for consumers if Apple and Google drop Twitter from their app stores
Yoel Roth (left), Twitter’s former head of safety and integrity, warned that Musk’s ultimate goal of complete freedom of speech on the site would be hindered by the two large mobile app stores, which could boot Twitter if it doesn’t adhere to safety policies
Under the new system all verified accounts will be manually authenticated before the check is activated, said Musk
Getting booted from the two top mobile app stores would serve as the latest headache for the Chief Twit, who is preparing to relaunch the platform’s muddied verification system.
Twitter will roll out a new approach to account verification next Friday, using blue, gold and gray check marks to indicate different types of users.
‘Gold check for companies, gray check for governments, blue for individuals (celebrities or not),’ said the company’s owner Elon Musk.
It will be his latest attempt to resolve the issue of verification after a failed initial revamp led to a large surge of fake verified accounts that stirred trouble in Wall Street.
Under the new system all verified accounts will be manually authenticated before the check is activated, said Musk, who has reduced the company’s headcount from 7,500 employees to 2,750.
‘Individuals can have a secondary tiny logo to show they belong to an organization if verified as such by that organization,’ Musk said in another tweet, adding that he will give a longer explanation next week.
The blue check mark was previously reserved for verified accounts of politicians, famous personalities, journalists and other public figures. There are about 400,000 verified users on Twitter.