Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis clashed with CNN host Jake Tapper over Elon Musk’s anti-Semitic social media posts.
During an interview on CNN, Tapper noted that Musk had seemingly endorsed a conspiracy theory claiming Jews are trying to replace white Christians in the U.S.
“I did not see the comment,” DeSantis claimed. “And so I know that Elon has had a target on his back ever since he purchased Twitter because I think he’s taking it in a direction that a lot of people who are used to controlling the narrative don’t like.”
“So I was a big supporter of him purchasing Twitter,” he observed. “I think they’re obviously still working some stuff out, but I did not see those comments.”
Tapper offered to show Musk’s social media posts to DeSantis.
“I know you’ve been very out front when you see anti-Semitism on the left,” Tapper pressed. “Is anti-Semitism on the right something that concerns you as well?”
DeSantis insisted he was concerned about anti-Semitism “across the board.” He then lashed out at liberals and blamed anti-Semitism on the right on “fringe voices.”
“I don’t know how fringe the voices are, to be completely frank,” Tapper replied. “I mean, Elon Musk is the wealthiest man in the world.”