Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Ben Zeisloft.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told "independent-minded"
voters on the day before the midterm elections to cast ballots for Republicans.
Musk cited the fact that President Joe Biden holds the Executive Branch for Democrats, and said a split in Washginton would be better than one-party rule.
"Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties,"
the world's richest man and new owner of Twitter told his nearly 115 million followers on the platform. "Therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic."
Musk already announced earlier this year that he cast an early ballot for Mayra Flores, a Republican who beat Democrat Dan Sanchez in a special House of Representatives election in southern Texas.
"I voted for Mayra Flores - first time I ever voted Republican,"
Musk said at the time. "Massive red wave in 2022."
When asked about who he was likely to support in the 2024 presidential election, Musk responded, "DeSantis."
"I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically,"
Musk also acknowledged. "Like I'm not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear. Now this election, I will."
Musk began what appears to be a political epiphany during the government lockdowns that gripped the nation two years ago. He grew increasingly frustrated as California officials prevented a major Tesla factory from reopening, prompting the entrepreneur to move the company's headquarters to Texas. He encouraged other Americans to "take the red pill"
and noticed that leftists are "losing the middle"
of the political spectrum.
Top Democratic commentators and lawmakers have noticed a similar reality. Third Way, a center-left think tank, warned on Monday that the Democratic Party is radical and out-of-touch with the issues driving voters to the polls. Republicans maintain double-digit advantages over their rivals on the economy and immigration, with roughly 56% saying that Democrats "are not focused enough on the economy"
and only 36% expressing the same about their opponents.
"The results indicate that Democrats are underwater on issues voters name as their highest priorities,"
a memo published by the group stated, "including the economy, immigration, and crime, they are perceived as distant from the electorate ideologically, and voters question whether the party shares essential values like patriotism and the importance of hard work."
Beyond a general unease with the direction of the Democratic Party, Musk has repeatedly condemned the policy agenda enacted by Biden. While the White House has frequently praised the efforts of Ford and GM to expand their electric vehicle offerings, Tesla, the world's largest electric vehicle manufacturer, has often been omitted. The snubbing may be attributable to the reality that Tesla is not unionized, as former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki hinted last year when she was pressed on why Tesla was not invited to an electric vehicle summit in which the other two companies participated.
When the Biden administration introduced the Build Back Better Act, an omnibus bill containing the entirety of the commander-in-chief's domestic agenda, Musk actively rebuked the legislation.
"I would say can this bill, don't pass it. That's my recommendation,"
he argued during The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council Summit. "If this bill happens or doesn't happen, we don't think about it at all really. Honestly it might be better if the bill doesn't pass."
Musk, in line with his nod toward "shared power,"
is presently attempting to run Twitter with an even-handed approach toward fact-checking. He told advertisers that he acquired the social media company in order to "have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence,"
expressing concern that "social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society."