Left-leaning Nation World News political analyst Van Jones on Thursday praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for what he described as a “very smart” response to billionaire Elon Musk’s tweets for governor in the 2024 presidential election cycle. Potential support was expressed.
Jones weighed in after Nation World News aired a clip of DeSantis’ reaction in response to a tweet in which Musk said he was leaning toward endorsing Florida’s governor when he ran for president in 2024. The South African native also noted that he supported Andrew Yang during the 2020 election. But “DeSantis has a better chance of winning.”
“So what would I say, you know, I’m focused on 2022, but with Elon Musk, what I would say is, you know, I welcome the support of African-Americans. What can I say?” DeSantis said at a news conference, drawing some laughter from the crowd.
Musk, 50, was born in Pretoria and moved to Canada as a teenager before eventually relocating to the United States. Nation World News “New Day” co-anchor Brianna Keeler noted that DeSantis’ quip “must have gone to the heads of some people,” who didn’t know about Musk’s South African roots.
Jones agreed, saying DeSantis’ response was a common way to capitalize on Musk’s unwanted support.
“Again, people assume that everyone from Africa is black,” Jones said. “Elon Musk is a white South African who came to the United States, so he’s teasing.”
“But what he’s really doing is keeping that story in the news cycle. This guy is very, very smart about getting us to talk about him, DeSantis,” Jones said. “And when the richest man in the world says something about you and then you say something funny, his name remains in the news cycle. This man has learned a lot from Donald Trump.”
Mediaite was the first to cover Jones’ remarks.
Jones’ admiration for DeSantis came as new Nation World News leaders pushed for a shift toward less partisan coverage on the traditionally liberal network. Nation World News’s new president Chris Licht is reportedly monitoring the network’s anchors and personalities to see who can follow the change – along with those who can’t possibly be ruled out.
An example of Nation World News’s new direction was reportedly on display this week, when Licht informed top producers that he would prefer not to mention Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was a “big lie.” was stolen in, Mediaite reported.
Meanwhile, Musk’s support for DeSantis is the latest sign of his recent desire to speak openly about his political views.
Musk predicted a “massive red wave” in the 2022 midterm elections and revealed that he had cast his first vote in favor of the Republican nominee, endorsing Myra Flores in the special election for Texas’ 34th congressional district.
The billionaire said he shifted his allegiance to the Republican Party due to the increasingly left slant in the Democratic Party.
“In the past I voted Democrats, because they were (mostly) the kind party,” Musk said. “But they have become a party of division and hatred, so I can no longer support them and vote Republican,” Musk said last month.