Stuff has really hit the fan Stateside this week, after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis labelled Elon Musk an ‘African-American’ during a press conference. The Republican politician has high hopes of running for the US Presidency in 2024 – and he’s already got high-profile support.
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Musk himself has suggested that, should DeSantis run for president in two years’ time, he would give his backing to the right-leaning candidate. This would mark a significant switch from his last-preferred pick, which was Andrew Yang of the Democrat Party.
I supported Yang last time, but DeSantis has a better chance of winning
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2022
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Following the revelatory Tweet, Ron DeSantis – who has gained plenty of support from Republican voters due to his anti-mask and anti-lockdown policies – was asked for his reaction to this endorsement, to which he delivered this on-the-nose quip.
When asked about Elon Musk’s tweet that he is “leaning toward” supporting Desantis for president in 2024, he responds: “I welcome support from African-Americans.” pic.twitter.com/6gg34E2gIm
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) June 15, 2022
‘African-American’ endorsement enrages social media users
The statement has caused an almighty row on Twitter, with critics arguing that Elon Musk cannot be defined as an African-American, because of his white and Afrikaans lineage. Others, however, have argued that the billionaire fits the dictionary definition of the term.
Either way, DeSantis is no stranger to winding up his liberal opponents – and judging by the jovial nature of his response, it’s highly likely that the politician had a tongue planted in-cheek at some point. However, it was ELON MUSK who found himself on the receiving end of a major backlash:
.@elonmusk is a scumbag, he is NOT African American, and I’ll say it again if/when he ever finalizes the deal to own this app.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant!☮️ (@mmpadellan) June 15, 2022
He’s an Afrikaaner. Not an African American. He grew up white and wealthy in apartheid South Africa.
— Justme (@JustMeZZZ_) April 25, 2022
Fucking unbelievable. The correct term for Dutch colonizers is Afrikaans. https://t.co/Q2G5jHFKD4
— Notorious TDB (@TinaDesireeBerg) June 15, 2022