Tesla, SpaceX and Twitter CEO Elon Musk has followed up his May declaration that he would no longer vote Democrat with a call for all to vote Republican in Tuesday’s midterm election.
Using his newly acquired Twitter platform, Musk used his formidable megaphone to encourage voters to cast ballots for a Republican Congress.
In his Monday post, Musk argued that having a balance of power in government is ideal. Many have noted that this is what America’s founding fathers had in mind in creating three primary branches of government.
Musk wrote: “To independent-minded voters: Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic.”
Some give points to Musk for objectively assessing the current political climate and publicly acknowledging he believed his past voting pattern was not best for America’s future. TheTruthWillSetYouFree wrote:
“I appreciate #ElonMusk more every day,” before reposting Elon’s quote:
“I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically – overwhelmingly. Like, I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear. Now this election, I will.”
Most polling shows that after the midterms Republicans will take control of the House of Representatives. Control of the Senate remains undetermined as at least six Senate races are too close to call one day before the election.
Musk’s push to vote Republican comes amid backlash from Democrats who resisted Elon’s efforts to take over the company and, in his own words, make the platform a “censor-free” center for “free speech.”
Fox News noted that Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) attempted to undermine Elon’s work by sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. In addition to encouraging an audit, Murphy inferred that having “several members of the Saudi royal family [as]… prominent investors in Twitter” represented a national security risk.
Fox News noted that foreign investors in megacompanies are common and that “Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal had purchased his stake in Twitter long before Musk bought the company.”
Murphy wrote: “I write to draw your attention to potential national security concerns arising from the recently completed takeover of Twitter, Inc. by Elon Musk and a number of private investors.”
Murphy added: “Setting aside the vast stores of data that Twitter has collected on American citizens, any potential that Twitter’s foreign ownership will result in increased censorship, misinformation, or political violence is a grave national security concern.”
Musk seems intent on moving forward with his plans to make Twitter less politically biased and prone to censor comments that oppose primary mainstream media narratives. In his first week as CEO, Musk fired four top administrators known for resisting Twitter’s transition to a bias-free platform.
Fox News noted that “critics were outraged when Musk announced the firings of … executives at the company, including … and head of legal policy, trust, and safety Vijaya Gadde.”
Gadde is known for leading Twitter’s efforts to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story and comments that questioned the veracity of the administration’s and mainstream media’s talking points on the subject.
Musk has repeatedly stated that his goal for Twitter was to create a forum for free speech — a “public square that is open to diverse opinions” because free speech is necessary for a healthy democracy.
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