Van Jones gives rare props to DeSantis for Musk wisecrack, says he’s learned a lot from Trump

(Video: CNN)

Van Jones, a CNN commentator, had some surprisingly nice things to say about Florida Governor Ron DeSantis after a smart remark about Elon Musk and African-American voters.

During Thursday’s episode of “New Day,” Jones praised DeSantis, claiming that the governor learned a few tricks from former President Donald Trump.

Co-host Brianna Keilar remarked on the “interesting rivalry” between DeSantis and Trump and played the clip of the governor responding to billionaire Elon Musk’s support.

“So what I would say, you know I’m focused on 2022 but with Elon Musk, what I would say is you know, I welcome support from African-Americans, what can I say?” he quipped.

“That might have gone over the head of some people. But he was, is from South Africa,” Keilar explained.

“Yeah. People, again, people assume that everybody from Africa is black. Elon Musk is a white South African who came to the United States,” Jones responded. “So he’s, he’s kind of teasing. But what he’s really doing is keeping that story in the news cycle. This guy is very, very smart about keeping us talking about him, DeSantis. And when the richest guy in the world says something about you and then you say something funny, it keeps his name in the news cycle. This guy’s learned a lot from Donald Trump.”

The conversation stems from Musk claiming he would support DeSantis in a 2024 presidential race after revealing that he cast his very first vote for a Republican, specifically Mayra Flores.

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