Billionaire innovator Elon Musk announced Wednesday that he will vote Republican in the next election. His announcement was surprising given that he usually supports Democrat candidates.
Speaking virtually Monday at a Miami tech conference about his commitment to free speech and his acquisition of Twitter, Musk said, “You know, the reality is that Twitter at this point, you know, has a very far-left bias, and I would classify myself as a moderate, neither a Republican nor Democrat.”
Musk added, “In fact, 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.”
While Musk insists that he does not align with the far-left or the far-right movements in America, he has increasingly vocalized his opposition to the Democrat Party.
Elaborating on his comments from Monday, Musk tweeted Wednesday, “In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party.” However, he explained, “They have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.”
Musk is no stranger to the division and hatred of the Democrat Party. Since the announcement of his deal with Twitter, the left has relentlessly attacked his character, businesses, and commitment to free speech. Anticipating additional backlash from Democrats, he told his followers, “Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold.”
While the Democrat Party may be opposed to the world’s richest man making stands for freedom and voting for common sense policies, the Republican Party is quickly extending a warm welcome to him.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., released a statement welcoming the Tesla CEO to the Republican Party and saying, “@ElonMusk says he will be voting Republican for the first time in his life the next time he votes.” She added, “Elon is not alone. It’s nearly impossible to stand by and vote for today’s radical Democrat Party.”
Musk’s comments are certain to attract nationwide attention as he continues to battle Twitter executives over the details of his acquisition deal and speak out against the Democrat Party. As Musk announced on Wednesday, “Political attacks on me will escalate dramatically in coming months.”