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Elon Musk could endorse a presidential candidate in the final stretch of the US elections

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The CEO of Tesla and owner of X, Elon Musk, said he might endorse a U.S. presidential candidate "in the final stretch" of this November's elections, although he did not specify who, in an interview with former CNN presenter Don Lemon that was broadcast on Monday.

"I may, in the final stretch (of the elections), endorse a candidate, but I don't know yet," Musk said, noting that he will make the decision later and when he does, he will explain "exactly why" he chose that candidate.

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However, Musk, who is one of the richest men in the world —and increasingly critical of Joe Biden's Democratic government—, said it is "unlikely" that he will donate any money to the candidates.

Trump met with Musk in Florida this month, but, as the billionaire noted, the former president and Republican candidate did not ask for his endorsement, donations, or help to pay his increasingly large legal fees, due to the multitude of legal cases he faces.

Although Musk has never given explicit support to Trump, he has been very critical on his social network of Biden's policies and the Democratic Party, especially in regards to immigration.

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According to The Wall Street Journal, supporters of Robert F. Kennedy, nephew of former President John F. Kennedy and independent candidate in the presidential elections, hope that Musk will support his candidacy.

A tense interview

The interview between Lemon and Musk lasted an hour and had a tense tone; they both talked about various topics related to hate speech on X and Musk's own opinions on some of the theories most beloved by the far right —like the racist theory of the "great replacement" of the white population— and even the billionaire's use of ketamine.

At one point in the interview, which took place at Tesla's headquarters in Austin, Texas, Lemon showed several hate posts on X and told Musk that his platform should remove them because "they can lead to violence".

To which Musk replied that although Lemon "loves censorship", X will only remove content that is illegal, like pornography.

Musk also said that the United States should "overcome" racism and look to the future, because if you look to the past, "everyone descends from slaves".

Musk cancels Lemon's program on X

Last week, the former CNN presenter announced that Musk canceled his agreement to do a program with X because he said he was not happy with the interview the journalist had done.

Lemon left CNN in April, two months after receiving criticism on "CNN This Morning" for saying that the former Republican presidential candidate, Nikki Haley, was not in her prime as a woman, a prime that is achieved "in your 20s, 30s and maybe 40s"; he was later forced to apologize for the comment.

Lemon, who became a synonymous face of CNN, worked at the network for 17 years.

The company has been trying to introduce more videos and long-format content since Musk took the reins after buying the company.

One of X's star collaborators is the controversial former Fox News presenter, Tucker Carlson, who has published exclusive interviews on X with Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Argentine President Javier Milei.