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Ron DeSantis Responds To Elon Musk, Triggers Democrats

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Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a fantastic response to support he received from Elon Musk, who said he was leaning toward him for president in the next presidential election.

“I’m focused on 2022, but with Elon Musk, what I would say is, you know I welcome support from African-Americans,” the governor said at a press conference. “What can I say?”

Musk was born in South Africa, but the designation “African-American” tends to be reserved for those who are black.

The governor’s quip was met with furiousness from many Democrats and progressives.

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“If said before that @GovRonDeSantis is a humorless, more openly fascist version of Trump. Here he is displaying the former quality in that for him, “humor” means mocking Black Americans with his own, idiotic and offensive version of replacement theory. Black Floridians take note,” MSNBC host Joy Reid said.

“Is there a joke somewhere in here? I don’t get it,” ABC Daytime talk show “The View” cohost and CNN contributor Ana Navarro said.

“And we thought we couldn’t do worse than Donald Trump. They are saying the ‘racist part out loud’ and laughing about it. No more white sheets—-it’s all out in the open now,” ABC contributor Yvette Simpson said.

“Elon Musk is not a leader. He’s just another Republican billionaire who supports white supremacy and authoritarianism because he doesn’t want his workers to unionize or to pay his fair share in taxes,” New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman said. “The GOP just tried to end democracy and now he’s supporting them.”

“The billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX revealed his preferred candidate for the White House in 2024 on Wednesday when asked whom he was ‘leaning towards’ by a Silicon Valley Tesla owners club on Twitter,” The Washington Examiner reported.

“DeSantis,” Musk responded after noting that it was yet to be determined if he would cast a ballot for a GOP candidate in 2024.

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Musk’s support for DeSantis comes amid a tweeted claim that he cast a ballot for his first Republican political candidate — Rep.-elect Mayra Flores, who won the formerly deep-blue 34th Congressional District in South Texas Tuesday night, becoming the first GOP candidate to do so in 150 years.

In the same tweet, he also predicted huge GOP victories during the November midterms.

“I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican. Massive red wave in 2022,” he said.

“Welcome to the Republican Party! We welcome all walk aways from all walks of life. The party of opportunity, prosperity, and freedom is here to stay. We look forward to working together and building a better future for all of America,” the new congresswoman responded.

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Her victory further erodes the thin Democrat majority in the House and provides the latest indication that Hispanics are shifting towards the GOP amid record-high inflation under President Biden and a Democratic Congress.

In addition, Hispanics are increasingly upset with Biden’s virtual open-borders immigration policies, which he implemented on day one of his presidency.

Musk announced in May he was planning to vote for some Republican candidates after voting for Democrats his entire adult life, having supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020.

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The Daily Wire adds:

Flores beat Democrat Dan Sanchez in the special election for Texas’ 34th Congressional District. The seat was previously held by Rep. Filemon Vela (D) who stepped down earlier this year to become a lobbyist as all signs pointed to a brutal upcoming midterm election season for Democrats.

Flores is now “the first GOP candidate to represent that area of the Rio Grande Valley since 1870,” the Houston Chronicle reported, adding that she is now “the first congresswoman born in Mexico.”

The region has been devastated by Democrat President Joe Biden’s border crisis, something that has turned off many Hispanic voters that typically have voted for Democrats in the past.

Dave Wasserman, U.S. House editor of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, tweeted Tuesday evening: “I’ve seen enough: Mayra Flores (R) defeats Dan Sanchez (D) in the #TX34 special election, flipping an 84% Hispanic Rio Grande Valley seat red.”

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