Tesla founder and chief executive, Elon Musk, made a candid announcement about his voting intentions in an interview on 16 May. Speaking virtually at an event hosted by the All-In podcast in Miami, Musk, who had “voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically,” said he will vote for Republican candidates in the next election.
“Like, I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear… Now this election, I will,” said the South African-born tech billionaire.
He stressed that although he sees himself as a political “moderate” who never supported the GOP, he could no longer side with Democrats.
It was not entirely clear whether Elon Musk was referring to the looming November mid-term elections
or the 2024 presidential election.
Speculating that his efforts to conclude his takeover of Twitte
r via a multi-billion-dollar deal amounted to a “right-wing takeover, as some people on the left fear,” Musk argued it was “a moderate-wing takeover”, and an “attempt to ensure people of all political beliefs feel welcome on a digital town square”. He claimed that at present Twitter has a “very far-left bias.”
Earlier, in a podcast interview, Musk weighed in on attempts by the administration of Democrat Joe Biden to deal with inflation levels
which are reaching a 40-year-high.
“It’s hard to tell what Biden’s doing, to be totally frank,” said Musk referring to the 79-year old POTUS who has been repeatedly mocked for a whole host of verbal blunders
“The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter, you know. The path to power is the path to the teleprompter.”
On Twitter, users were quick to voice their appreciation for Musk’s update on his voting plans.
Earlier, the Tesla and SpaceX chief executive reached a deal to buy the social media platform
Twitter for approximately $44 billion.
His plans to wrap up the takeover of the micro-blogging platform were, however, placed “temporarily on hold” because of a dispute
over how many bots and spam accounts make up the platform’s total user base. Twitter claims such accounts comprise less than 5 percent of the total, although the tech guru has demanded a more detailed audit.