Elon Musk has urged Americans to vote for the Republican Party in Tuesday’s midterm elections as voters will decide on the new composition of the House of Representatives and Senate. The SpaceX founder, who is now the chief executive of Twitter, wrote on the social media site “independent-minded” voters would determine the new balance of power on Capitol Hill.
Mr Musk argued that given that the Democrats held the presidency that a vote for the Republicans would not only help curb the “excesses” of both parties.
He said: “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.
“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!”
The Tesla CEO’s intervention has unleased a furious backlash from critics who have pointed out that Mr Musk had previously indicated that Twitter should be
However, the South African-born billionaire has already indicated that he may consider allowing former US President Donald Trump to rejoin Twitter.
Mr Musk has also predicted a “massive red wave” in the midterm elections as Republicans become increasingly confident they can capture the House and the Senate from the Democrats.
He also said that he had voted for Republican Mayra Flores the first Mexican-born woman elected to congress who represents his district.
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Mr Musk has often been described as a libertarian but has labelled himself as “politically moderate” and was a registered independent when he lived in California.
He has a history of donating to both the Democrats and the Republicans and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.
In 2020, after initially endorsing Andrew Yang and Kanye West’s presidential campaigns, he voted for Joe Biden.
However, earlier this year he argued with left leaning Democrats such as Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren over a proposed “billionaire’s tax”.
Mr Musk also said that he could no longer support the Democrats as they were a party of “division and hate” and appeared to lean towards supporting Ron DeSantis as a potential Republican 2024 presidential candidate.