FACT CHECK: Did Elon Musk Announce He’s Running For President In 2024?
A post shared on Facebook purports Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a campaign for the 2024 presidential election.
Musk has not publicly announced a campaign for federal office. He is also unable to run for president since he is not a natural-born citizen.
Musk recently said he would step down as Twitter CEO once a successor had been announced, CNN reported. The platform also announced it would “relax” policies on “caused-based” advertising, which centers around political and social issues, according to Gizmodo.
The Facebook post purports Musk announced he’s running for president in 2024. “IT HAPPENED! Elon Musk JUST Announced 2024 Presidential Run,” text under a photo of Musk reads.
The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting Musk announced his 2024 presidential campaign. Likewise, Musk has not publicly commented on the purported claim via his verified Twitter account. No such announcement of paperwork is available through the Federal Elections Commission website.
The claim stems from a Dec. 24 video posted on YouTube. While the narrator of the over nine-minute video claims Musk chose to close out 2022 by stating his intent to run for president in 2024, he declines to provide specific details about the Twitter CEO’s alleged announcement. Instead, the narrator appears to speculate that Musk could run a successful presidential campaign based on his wealth and social media following.
Although Musk might be able to conduct a successful campaign, he is not eligible to run for president in the U.S. under Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution, which states that anyone who wishes to hold the office must be either “a natural born citizen or a Citizen of the United States.” (RELATED: Did Forbes Magazine Call Elon Musk ‘The Weakest Man on Earth?’)
Musk was born in South Africa in 1971 and became a U.S. citizen in 2002, according to the Daily Mail. Naturalized citizens are prohibited from holding office as president or vice president under the Constitution, The Hill indicated.
Check Your Fact has contacted Musk for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.