Elon Musk recommends voting Republican in the US midterm elections
WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Just days after taking control of social media powerhouse Twitter Inc, billionaire Elon Musk on Monday recommended voters choose Republican candidates for Congress on Tuesday in the U.S. medium term elections.
Musk, who is also a Tesla(TSLA.O) CEO, has faced criticism from some groups for his absolutist stance on free speech. They expect his position to increase the volume of misinformation and hate speech on the platform.
His tweet on Monday marked the first time the head of a major social media platform has explicitly endorsed a US political party.
Musk directed his message on Twitter to what he called “independent voters,” writing, “Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, so I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the presidency is Democratic.”
President Joe Biden’s Democrats face a tough fight to retain control of Congress in Tuesday’s vote.
Nonpartisan election forecasters and polls indicate that Republicans have a very strong chance of winning a majority in the House of Representatives, with control of the Senate most likely to be contested.
“Hard-line Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other party, so it’s independent voters who actually decide who’s in charge!” Musk added on Twitter, which he bought late last month.
Musk previously said he would vote republican but says he supports moderates on both sides of the aisle.
In April, Musk said that “in order for Twitter to earn public trust, it must be politically neutral, which effectively means harassing the far right and the far left alike.”
Musk often comments on American politics.
He previously said he was leaning toward supporting Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for president in 2024 and that former President Donald Trump is too old to be president again.
Reporting by Scott Malone, Rami Ayyub, Kenneth Li and Kanishka Singh; Editing by Howard Goller
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