Trump adviser Steve Bannon (L) watches as President Donald Trump greets Elon Musk, SpaceX and Tesla CEO, before a policy and strategy forum with executives in the state dining room of the White House on February 3, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Elon Musk has said twice this week that he intends to vote for Republicans in the next election, even though he says he has previously voted for Democrats like former President Barack Obama.
Musk’s stated political tendencies won’t surprise people following the celebrity CEO’s interactions and proclamations on Twitter and elsewhere.
Behind the scenes, Musk and his largest companies, SpaceX and Teslathey have worked for years to influence the US political landscape through lobbying and political donations. Together, SpaceX and Tesla spent over $ 2 million on lobbying in 2021. They tend to spend on both sides of the corridor.
But Musk has historically been anti-union, opposed to the billionaire tax and is a vocal critic of President Joe Biden.
Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, said in a September interview with CNBC that Musk endorsed his red state social policies, which included severe restrictions on abortion, book bans requiring the removal of LGBTQ memories from the school curriculum or libraries, and investigations into abuse in families pursuing gender-based care for transgender children.
On Wednesday, Musk tweeted:
“In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the party of kindness. But they have become the party of division and hatred, so I can no longer support them and I will vote Republican. Now watch their campaign against me. the dirty tricks unfold … “adding a popcorn emoji from the movie for emphasis.
The tweet followed earlier statements at the Miami All In Summit on Monday, in which Elon Musk accused Twitter of having a strong leftist bias, saying during a podcast disk, “I would classify myself as moderate, neither Republican nor Democrat. In fact, I have historically voted overwhelmingly for Democrats. Overwhelmingly. I may never have voted Republican. Now, this election?
Musk featured its pending acquisition of $ 44 billion Twitter a “moderate takeover” of the platform, not a right wing takeover. But then it went on hitting the Democratic Party.
Spurred on by the podcast and event host Jason Calacanis, who is raise money to help Musk acquire TwitterTesla’s chief executive said, “The Democratic Party is overly controlled by unions and trial lawyers, especially class action lawyers.”
On the contrary, it tends to engage in a friendly and non-confrontational way with right-wing elected officials such as Lauren Boebert and far-right personalities including Steven Crowder, Dinesh D’Souza and other.
He also said he would reinstate former President Donald Trump on Twitter.
Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the platform in January 2021 following an attack by his supporters on the United States Capitol. The company said it made the decision after the January 6 uprising “due to the risk of further incitement to violence.”