Musk Says Candidate ‘Less Divisive’ Than Trump Needed in 2024

Tesla/SpaceX CEO doesn’t like Trump’s “dramatic style.”

  • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Thursday said a candidate “less divisive” than President Donald J. Trump should be elected to the White House in 2024.
  • “Even though I think a less divisive candidate would be better in 2024, I still think Trump should be restored to Twitter,” Musk said.
  • Musk poked at what he referred to as Tump’s dramatic style. “Biden’s mistake is that he thinks he was elected to transform the country, but actually everyone just wanted less drama,” he wrote.
  • The business tycoon’s skepticism toward a Trump 2024 presidential bid comes after he defended the 45th President to the Financial Times, saying Twitter’s decision to ban the former president was “foolish in the extreme.”
  • “Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scam, spam accounts…,” Musk said. “I do think that it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country, and it did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”

Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey earlier this week said his old company was “wrong” to ban Trump, adding, “Generally permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work.”

  • Musk recently said he would reverse Trump’s Twitter ban if the Tesla head could close his acquisition of the social media platform.
  • The Tesla owner said, “I would reverse the permanent ban but I don’t own Twitter yet so this is not a thing that will definitely happen.”