Musk would back Trump rival in 2024 election – with former president under fire for dining with white supremacist

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Elon Musk says he would support Republican Ron DeSantis if the Florida governor runs in the 2024 US presidential election race.

Mr DeSantis was re-elected with nearly 60% of the vote in the midterms and has been tipped as a potential candidate to be the next US leader.

Musk’s apparent endorsement of Mr DeSantis comes as rival Republican Donald Trump has been under fire for dining with a known white supremacist.

Musk wrote on Twitter: “My preference for the 2024 presidency is someone sensible and centrist. I had hoped that would the case for the Biden administration, but have been disappointed so far.”

Asked if he would support DeSantis in 2024, the Tesla owner replied in a tweet: “Yes.”

“As a reminder, I was a significant supporter of the Obama-Biden presidency and (reluctantly) voted for Biden over Trump,” Musk said.

When asked previously about Musk’s support, Mr DeSantis joked: “I welcome support from African-Americans, what can I say.”

Musk, who is white, grew up in South Africa.

Read more: Could DeSantis thwart Trump’s fresh run for the White House?

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Mr Trump distanced himself on Friday from a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida with rapper Kanye West and white supremacist Nick Fuentes.

He has claimed he didn’t know the identity of the far-right activist who was unexpectedly brought along with the rapper, NBC reports.

In a statement on his Truth social platform, Mr Trump said: “This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about.”

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