Elon Musk hints at backing Tim Scott for president in 2024
Twitter CEO Elon Musk hinted he would support the presidency when he retweeted Senator Tim Scott’s campaign announcement.
The South Carolina Republican announced his candidacy at an event on Monday. His office tweeted the video of the announcement with the caption “Let’s go!”
Mr. Musk retweeted the video to his millions of followers soon after.
Mr. Scott enters an already crowded Republican primary field, with two popular candidates, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence, still officially out of the running. Former President Donald Trump leads the pack by a wide margin, but former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy are still battling for support.
Mr. Musk has become increasingly interested in presidential politics in recent years. He said last year he would want a more centrist president and confirmed in a follow-up tweet that he would back Mr DeSantis for president. The Florida governor hasn’t said whether he’s running for the White House, but experts predict an announcement will be made soon.
Mr Musk has told supporters before that he has become more inclined to support Conservative candidates rather than Liberals, despite previously voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. He says he was disappointed in the Biden administration and since the 2020 election has become more conservative in his public comments.
Since taking over Twitter last year, he has been very supportive of conservative causes and has been increasingly outspoken with popular right-wing influencers like Benny Johnson and Andy Ngo.