Elon Musk is wading into politics —and letting his ideas be identified. The billionaire Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter CEO indicated in November that he would support Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for president, and at the moment he threw his weight behind GOP lawmaker Kevin McCarthy as Home speaker. That follows him urging his greater than 110 million Twitter followers to vote Republican within the midterms a day earlier than voters went to the polls.
This week, McCarthy has failed repeatedly in his bid to turn out to be Home speaker, with right-flank conservatives led by the Freedom Caucus refusing to vote for him. (The final time a speaker candidate didn’t win the primary vote was 100 years in the past.) Incoming lawmakers can’t be sworn in till the place is crammed. President Joe Biden referred to as the political chaos on Capitol Hill “embarrassing,” whereas Home Democrats shared images of popcorn whereas likening the GOP drama to a big-screen spectacle.
Musk tweeted at the moment, “Kevin McCarthy must be Speaker.”
Musk and McCarthy have joined forces up to now. SpaceX has operations in Bakersfield, California, which falls throughout the GOP lawmaker’s district. In August, Musk attended a personal Republican fundraiser retreat in Wyoming hosted by McCarthy, with whom he led hearth chat.
In early 2020, Musk complained that Democrat-led California, the place he lived on the time and the place Tesla was based mostly, “was once the land of alternative” however had turn out to be “the land of taxes, overregulation, and litigation.” Later that 12 months, he announced that he had moved to Republican-led Texas. An upcoming Tesla gigafactory shall be in Texas, the place SpaceX’s new Starship car can also be situated.
He added on the time, “Silicon Valley, or the Bay Space, has an excessive amount of affect on the world, for my part. The Bay Space has outsized affect on the world.”
In November, McCarthy accused the White House of unfairly focusing on new Twitter proprietor Musk for his political beliefs: “The federal government’s going to go after somebody who desires to have free speech? What have they got to have a look at Twitter about? I believe the American public had spoken on this, I believe our First Modification stands up and I believe they need to simply cease selecting on Elon Musk.”
That very same month, Musk replied “sure” when requested whether or not he’d help a DeSantis run for the White Home.
“My choice for the 2024 presidency is somebody wise and centrist,” he tweeted on Nov. 25. I had hoped that might the case for the Biden administration, however have been dissatisfied up to now.”
He added, “As a reminder, I used to be a big supporter of the Obama-Biden presidency and (reluctantly) voted for Biden over Trump.” Musk has been angry in the past about what he perceives as Biden snubbing Tesla when he mentions main EV producers.
DeSantis has not introduced a White Home bid however is extensively anticipated to take action after Florida’s legislative session within the spring or summer season. A number of polls have shown him leading Trump in a head-to-head matchup for the GOP nomination.
Each DeSantis and Musk have spoken out towards what they see because the “woke agenda.” DeSantis stated in his midterms victory speech that “Florida is the place woke goes to die,” and Musk tweeted final 12 months that “the woke thoughts virus is making Netflix unwatchable.” He additionally reinstated the Twitter account of the right-wing satire web site Babylon Bee, which had been banned after the misgendering of Rachel Levine, the U.S. assistant secretary of well being and a trans lady.
Musk’s ex-wife, Talulah Riley, has beforehand urged him to “do one thing to battle woke-ism” and was particularly involved in regards to the suspension of the Babylon Bee account, asking, “Why has everybody turn out to be so puritanical?”
Simply earlier than the midterms, Musk wrote to his followers on Twitter: “To independent-minded voters: Shared energy curbs the worst excesses of each events, due to this fact I like to recommend voting for a Republican Congress, provided that the Presidency is Democratic.”
The much-anticipated “crimson wave” didn’t materialize, nevertheless, with Democrats gaining a seat within the Senate, whereas Republicans eked out simply sufficient votes to retake management of the Home.
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