Billionaire Twitter CEO Elon Musk endorsed Republicans for the mid-election cycle on Monday, telling voters to vote for a Republican convention.
Musk’s announcement comes months after he first announced plans to vote Republican earlier this year. He argued Monday that splitting a government between two parties is ideal, noting President Biden’s ownership of the White House for Democrats before saying Congress should go to Republicans.
“To independent-minded voters: shared power curbs the worst excesses of either party, so I recommend voting for a Republican Congress as the presidency is Democratic,” Musk wrote.
Musk’s approval follows his vow to vote Republican in May.
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“I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats in the past – overwhelmingly. I’m not sure I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear. Now in this election, I’m going to do that,” he said at the time.
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Republicans are expected to take over the House of Representatives on Tuesday, although polls say control of the Senate is a gamble.
The confirmation comes less than a week after Musk took over Twitter and began making major changes to the platform, much to the chagrin of media figures and many Democrats.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., targeted Musk last week and sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen Highlighting that members of the Saudi royal family are prominent investors in Twitter. However, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal had acquired his stake in Twitter long before Musk bought the company.
“I am writing to draw your attention to potential national security concerns arising from the recently completed acquisition of Twitter, Inc. by Elon Musk and a number of private investors,” Murphy wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Punchbowl News. to Yellen. “Aside from the vast amounts of data Twitter has collected on American citizens, any potential that foreign ownership of Twitter will lead to increased censorship, misinformation or political violence is a serious national security issue.”
Critics were outraged when Musk announced the firing of several top executives at the company, including CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal and head of legal policy, trust and security Vijaya Gadde.
Gadde led the company’s push to censor Hunter Biden’s laptop story, which was first published in the New York Post ahead of the 2020 election.
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Musk explained Goal when buying Twitter was protecting freedom of expression and said in a statement last week that a public square open to different opinions is necessary for democracy to thrive.
This is an evolving story. Check back soon for updates.