Thursday, Jun 30, 2022

Elon Musk Slams Democrats, Says He Will Now Vote For Republicans

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Democrats have moved from being a party of kindness to a party of hate and divisions.

Elon Musk, Founder & CEO, SpaceX AP

Tesla CEO and world's richest person Elon Musk has said he can no longer vote for Democrats and will vote for Republicans instead this year. 

Musk has twice criticised Democrats this week because of their leftward leaning but he stopped short of considering himself a Republican. He called himself a moderate.

He said in a podcast, "I would classify myself as a moderate, neither Republican or Democrat. In fact, I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats historically. Overwhelmingly. I might never have voted Republican. Now, this election? I will."

Musk repeated this in a tweet on Thursday, saying the Democratic Party has shifted from kindness to hate and divisions. 

Earlier, Musk has also accused the social media platform Twitter of a left-wing bias. He is in the process of buying Twitter for $44 billion but the deal is stalled for now over disagreement over the extent of fake accounts on the platform.

In line with above comments, Musk has termed his takeover of Twitter a "moderate takeover" and not a "right-wing takeover". 

Musk has been critical of Democracts' left-wing agenda lately such as the billionaire’s tax. He is also opposed to trade unions. 

However, in his public comments, Musk has said he believes in free speech and it means upsetting the extremists on the left as well as the right. Moreover, while he has criticised Democrats, he has not aligned with some key the Republican and conservative views as well — Musk is pro-vaccine and his company Tesla supports abortion rights of employees, abolitioning which is central to a majority of Republicans and conservatives. 

A Business Insider article noted that while a section of conservatives cheer for Musk because of his criticism of leftwing politics, he functions mostly on libertarian side rather than conservatism. 

The article noted, "But while Musk's self-avowed commitment to free speech and seeming disdain for the progressive left has given hope to some conservatives, the tech billionaires' ideology may prove too libertarian for a party [the Republican Party] increasingly interested in using the power of the state to promote conservative values."

Libertarianism advocates minimal state intervention in the free market and in citizens' private lives. In line with this, Musk earlier said on Twitter, "In general, I believe government should rarely impose its will upon the people. That said, I would prefer to stay out of politics."

Musk has also championed free speech and has said it will be key priority for Twitter once he acquires. However, he has also specified that free speech will not be absolute and will be within legal limits.