Elon Musk 'Leaning Away' From Joe Biden After Meeting With Donald Trump

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Elon Musk, who has the distinction of being the nation’s wealthiest African-American as well as the real world’s Tony Stark, has very little inhibition when it comes to expressing himself. That’s why it’s somewhat surprising when he appears to be playing his cards close to his chest.

In his recent interview with the unfortunate Don Lemon last Monday, Musk indicated that he is “leaning away” from Joe Biden, but qualified that he is not endorsing anyone in the 2024 presidential election — yet.

After Musk met with Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, in early March, speculation arose that the former president could be courting the tech billionaire, both for his endorsement and for campaign or legal financing.

In an interview with former CNN anchor Don Lemon published Monday, Musk said that the meeting with Trump was unplanned on his part, and he denied that Trump asked him for money or his support. 

“I was at a breakfast at a friend’s place and Donald Trump came by, that’s it,” Musk said, adding that his unnamed friend only told him that Trump was coming after Musk had already arrived.

“I’m not paying his legal bills in any way, shape or form,” Musk continued. “And he did not ask me for money.”

Musk has not shied away from expressing his political opinions recently, and he certainly appears to be leaning towards the right; although it’s just as likely that the current crop of Democrats just moved that Overton window so far to the left that the historically-moderate Musk is starting to look a lot like Barry Goldwater by comparison.

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One would think that any politician, especially one embroiled in a national campaign, would be anxious to solicit donations from someone as well-found as Musk, but former President Trump, it seems, didn’t bring the subject up. And while Mr. Musk seems to be increasingly red-pilled as the election grows closer, he isn’t offering anything as far as financial support.

Lemon pressed him on the details of his breakfast with Trump, along with whether Musk would financially contribute to either presidential campaigns or endorse a candidate.

“Let’s just say he did most of the talking,” Musk said about Trump, laughing afterward. “The normal things he says. There was nothing particularly groundbreaking or new but he, you know, President Trump, likes to talk. And so he talked. I don’t recall him saying anything he hasn’t said publicly. That was it, it was just a breakfast.”

It’s easy, but probably imprudent, to presume that just because Musk is “leaning away” from Biden, he’s an automatic vote for Trump. There are, after all, other possibilities, and if he chose to do so, someone with Musk’s resources could catapult an unlikely candidate to an otherwise impossible level of competition. 

Whichever direction Musk does end up leaning, it wouldn’t be surprising if he eschews the idea of any individual candidate at all. And whatever action Musk takes will have some influence on the American voter; that much is certain.

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