New Twitter CEO and Tesla founder Elon Musk on Monday encouraged “independent-minded voters” to cast their ballots for Republicans in Tuesday’s midterm congressional contests as a check on President Biden.
“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 wrote on Twitter.
“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!” he added.
Musk, who has previously indicated he voted for President Biden in 2020 and that he donated to and voted for Hillary Clinton, claims he’s neither Republican nor Democrat, but a “moderate.”
“It is rare for me to endorse political candidates,” Musk said. “My political leanings are moderate, so neither fully Republican nor Democrat, which I am confident is the case for most Americans.”
Since taking over Twitter, however, Musk has railed against Democratic-leaning activists for pressuring advertisers to halt business with the social media platform after a “council” reviews the platform’s current policies, raising alarm among civil rights groups who believe the changes will cause an increase in misinformation and hate speech on Twitter.
Last week, Musk traded jabs with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) over the Tesla CEO’s plans to verify users for $8 per month.
“Lmao at a billionaire earnestly trying to sell people on the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually a $8/mo subscription plan,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“Your feedback is appreciated, now pay $8,” Musk replied.