Tesla CEO Elon Musk shocked the world with his plan to purchase Twitter for $44 billion.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was one of the Republicans who led the fight against Big Tech censorship.
And now Ron DeSantis had one ultimatum for Elon Musk that no one saw coming.
Governor DeSantis cheered Musk’s decision to purchase Twitter due to Musk’s promise to protect free speech on the platform.
But now that Musk’s purchase is nearing completion, Governor DeSantis had a warning for Twitter.
Musk is looking for ways to monetize Twitter and increase profits.
One potential way to maximize profits would be moving Twitter out of high-tax San Francisco and to a red state with low taxes and limited regulations on businesses.
Governor DeSantis said at a recent press conference that he does not want Elon Musk moving Twitter to Florida.
DeSantis explained that due to the state of Florida’s pension fund owning shares of Twitter the state made $15-$20 million on the sale.
But DeSantis does not want Musk bringing Twitter’s woke workforce to Florida where Twitter employees would then vote for the same radical Democrats who turned California into a high-cost of living hellhole.
“In Florida, I think we’ve done very well, particularly over the last few years, attracting businesses that are producing things,” DeSantis explained. “Importing some tech company from San Francisco has not been high on our list. I think that what happens is they’ll tend to come in, they drive up the cost of living for everybody else. Yeah, they enjoy our lower taxes but you know, what is what are they really providing?”
However, DeSantis did praise Musk’s business acumen and expressed his confidence that Musk would make Twitter a thriving company.
“This is a guy that has succeeded in almost every enterprise he’s ever done. And so he will, our state will benefit, we will get, I think $15, $20 million profit from our pension fund. But then he will make that company more valuable, I have no doubt about it,” DeSantis added.
But some conservatives are worried about tech companies importing thousands of socialist voters into red states if Silicon Valley CEOs decide to pick up shop and move out of California values.
Florida is one state that is trending red because of the influx of voters who fled lockdowns and school closures during the last two years.
And Ron DeSantis does not want to see that trend reversed if a bunch of woke tech companies – led by Twitter – move into Florida.
DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.