WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Elon Musk told his Twitter followers to vote for a Republican Congress in the midterm elections.
- The new Twitter owner argued that Republican control of Congress will counterbalance President Biden’s Democrats.
- The billionaire made the endorsement despite saying Twitter should be ‘politically neutral.’
New Twitter owner Elon Musk endorsed Republicans for Congress on the eve of the midterm elections.
Musk targeted independent voters in his tweet Monday, arguing that Republican control of Congress will counterbalance President Joe Biden’s Democrats.
“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,” Musk said to his more than 110 million followers.
“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!”
In May, the billionaire vowed to vote Republican this year after “overwhelmingly” voting for Democrats in the past.
“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,” he said at the time.
Experts predict Republicans will take the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s elections, but Senate control is a toss-up, according to polls. Democrats currently lead both houses.
Musk has previously stated that he wanted to buy Twitter to protect the freedom of speech. Last week, he said that a public square open to diverse opinions is necessary for democracy to thrive. He also said Twitter should be ‘politically neutral.’
This is the first time a major social media CEO clearly took a side.
The Tesla CEO has been critical of the Biden administration after Democrats proposed to tax billionaires and give more tax incentives to union-made electric vehicles. Tesla factories in the U.S. do not have unions.
Source: Fox News