just a few days after taking control of the powerful social media giant Twitter, billionaire Elon Musk recommended that voters elect Republican candidates for the United States Congress in the mid-term elections that will be held this Tuesday, November 8.
Musk, who is also CEO of Teslahas faced criticism from some groups for their stance absolutist on freedom of expression. They hope their position will increase the volume of disinformation and hate speech on the platform.
His tweet represented the first time the CEO of a major social media platform explicitly endorses a party American politician.
Musk directed his message on Twitter at what he called “independent-minded voters,” writing that “power sharing curbs the worst excesses of both parties, which is why I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic.”
The President’s Democrats Joe Biden face a tough battle retain control of Congress in Tuesday’s vote.
The nonpartisan election forecasters and the polls suggest that the Republicans have a good chance of winning a majority in the House of Representativeswhile control of the Senate is likely to be tighter.
“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who really decide who is in charge,” Musk added in his message on Twitter, a social network he bought late last month.
Musk had previously said that I would vote Republican But he says he backs moderates on both sides of the spectrum.
In April, Musk said that for “Twitter to deserve the public’s trust, it must be politically neutralwhich in practice means bothering the extreme right and the extreme left alike”.
Musk frequently comments on American politics. He had previously said that he was leaning towards supporting the Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantisfor the presidency in 2024 and that the former president donald trump he was too old to serve as president again.