President Donald Trump weighed in on Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s announcement this week that he would no longer be voting for Democrats and, instead, he would be switching his vote to the Republican ticket. “Gee, Elon Musk never told me that until now he only voted for Democrats,” the 45th president stated on Truth Social.
“Actually,” he continued, “it was quite the contrary, but now it seems, with all of his problems with a probably illegal purchase of a crummy phony account loaded company, Fake Twitter, he wants to be a Republican because the Dems are ‘a party of hate.’ I could have told him that a long time ago…”
Musk, who entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the social media platform Twitter for $44 billion in April, has been rapidly dialing up his political commentary over the last few weeks.
On Wednesday, Musk tweeted: “In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.” He added, “Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold…”
Musk has come under fire by critics of his acquisition for his stated intent to restore free speech to the platform in the wake of Twitter’s harsh censorship policies. He has even said that he would reverse Twitter’s permanent ban on President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, previously calling it “a morally bad decision” and “foolish in the extreme.”
Hours after Musk announced that he would be voting Republican on Twitter, he followed the original tweet up with another comment: “Judging by the relentless hatestream from the far left, this tweet was spot on.”
Musk announced last week that his deal to buy Twitter was temporarily on hold in light of the company’s claims that less than five percent of users on the platform were bots or spam accounts.
“…Actually, they [Democrats] are a Party of sickness, greed, corruption & absolutely horrible policy,” President Trump continued in his remarks about Musk’s comments. “Good luck Elon, have fun!”