VP Musk?: DeSantis campaign releases ad that prominently features Tesla CEO

by Summer Lane

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Governor Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., stirred up rumors and a little bit of confusion on Wednesday evening when his campaign released a political ad that prominently featured Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk alongside the Republican leader of the Sunshine State.

DeSantis, who announced his 2024 presidential campaign bid in a Twitter Spaces online event that was hosted by Musk, released an ad highlighting his campaign that pivoted between showing clips of the innovative billionaire at the Florida leader.

See the video below:

The jagged, interspersed clips of Elon Musk throughout the video kicked off a round of confused comments on Twitter, where some users wondered why Musk was centrally featured in a political ad for DeSantis’s 2024 bid.

CFO of War Room, Grace Chong, commented, “Is DeSantis Running with Elon Musk ….Why Does His Team Put Out This Bizarre Video with Musk Plastered All Over It.”

Daily Wire opinion writer Tim Meads added, “I don’t get this. Why is Elon Musk featured so heavily in this? Am I voting for Elon or DeSantis?”

The partnership between Musk and DeSantis draws some questions about the role that the billionaire may have in the Florida governor’s campaign for the presidency as he goes head-to-head with President Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, DeSantis’s 2024 launch was held online and marked the first time a presidential candidate announced their intent to run for president on Twitter Spaces. According to the Associated Press, around 420,000 listened live to the announcement on Twitter.

Per the DeSantis campaign, 30 million people viewed the governor’s presidential launch video within just 15 hours.

In the past, President Trump has made varied comments about his thoughts on Elon Musk, both acknowledging the important role that Musk played in exposing evidence of federal collusion with Big Tech in the “Twitter Files,” and slamming the Tesla CEO as a “bullshit artist.”

“Elon never told me he only voted for Democrats,” Trump stated last year. “In fact, he told me he voted for ‘Trump,’ and would do so again. Now he’s going to pay a big price for signing a bad contract for a bad company.”

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