Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and now Twitter, is the richest man in the world. Just one day before the midterm elections, Musk suggested to his 114 million Twitter followers that they should vote Republican.
Musk, a major proponent of free speech, posted on Twitter Tuesday morning with a message for his followers:
“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.”
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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 7, 2022
He added, “Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!”
Musk, who has historically voted Democrat, had already announced his intent to vote Republican earlier this year when he said, “I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically – overwhelmingly. Like, I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear. Now this election, I will.”
Many Leftists on Twitter were outraged that Musk dare suggest such a thing as voting Republican, although it’s highly celebrated when a celebrity tells their followers to vote Democrat. The double standard is astounding.
A lot of the negative comments Musk received referenced one of his Tweets from April, where he wrote, “For Twitter to deserve public trust, it must be politically neutral.”
Many claimed that Musk was contradicting his previous statement and aligning the company with a specific political party.
However, Musk, as an individual, is sharing his personal political opinion as a user of Twitter, he is not using the social media company to push his agenda through biased censorship. The whole point of Musk’s Twitter acquisition is to promote the freedom of speech, and he is exercising this right.
So much for that pic.twitter.com/H09DBJ7Oow
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) November 7, 2022
As Election Day is just hours away, political experts are predicting that the GOP will take control of the House, and, while the Senate races seem to be tighter, some predict the GOP will win the Senate as well.
The tide turning in favor of Republican candidates is a product of their focus on issues of the economy, crime, and inflation, which are at the top-of-mind for voters right now.
Emily Ekins, Vice President and Director of polling at the Cato Institute, reported her assumptions based on polling models, saying, “I expect Republicans to take the House and now the Senate, but the seat margin may be small in the Senate. Polls in key Senate races show more Americans want Republicans to take control of the Senate than are voting for their state’s Republican senate candidate. This suggests Republicans are running weaker candidates in some key races. The overturning of Roe also has been helping Democrats but doesn’t seem to have overcome voters’ concerns about inflation… there may be more of a red wave this year than we think.”